Bishop Broderick Pabillo, apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila, is calling on the faithful to help rebuild the Sto. Nino De Pandacan Parish (SNPP) in Manila, which was damaged by fire July 10.
“Let us be part of its rebuilding so you can say to your children or grandchildren: ‘Our family was part of its reconstruction.’ Let us help each other,” he said in a Mass held outside SPNN last Sunday, July 19.
Pabillo also issued the same appeal to Manila priests.
“Give your own contribution no matter how little. It can be P500 or P1,000 a month,” he said. “My dream is for this not only to become an effort of Pandacan but of the whole archdiocese.”
On Monday, the SNPP warned the public against unscrupulous individuals using the fire to solicit money from people.
“It has come to our attention that there are certain individuals who pretend to be the official representative of the parish and taking advantage of the recent fire incident to solicit for their own self-serving interest,” SNPP said in their Facebook page Monday, July 20.
To ensure that love offerings and donations reached its rightful beneficiary, the parish asked the faithful to deposit their contributions directly to the parish’s bank account and request for an Official Receipt duly issued by SNPP Finance Council.
SNPP said the faithful may also visit the church’s parish office to hand over their love offerings and assistance.
Among those damaged in the fire was the 400-year old image of the Sto. Niño.
The religious icon is an object of devotion to many Catholics, especially in the old district of Pandacan.