Caritas appeals for more aid to support dioceses in Yolanda-hit areas

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MANILA, 5 May (PIA) - Caritas Philippines reiterates its appeal for more assistance to the dioceses in the Visayas that have suffered much the aftermath of super typhoon Yolanda that struck in November last year.

The Catholic Church’s social action arm said it needs roughly P600 million to sustain its rehabilitation efforts.

According to Caritas Philippines executive secretary Fr. Edu Gariguez, they are set press for donors from Caritas Internationales in order to continue their rehabilitation work.

“This is being done in nine affected dioceses and the community is part of the planning because the needs for livelihood and shelter vary between different affected areas,” Gariguez said.

He added that the amount will be used for the continuing housing and livelihood projects and for its disaster risk reduction program.

Fr. Gariguez also revealed that he and other representatives from Caritas Philippines are set to go to Europe this month to launch their appeal for aid from their Caritas international partners.

“It’s good as approved actually and that’s a very conservative estimate which we can raise and I think we can even go beyond the target,” he said adding that his group needs to personally to UK and Rome for a meeting with Caritas Internationales.

Meanwhile, Caritas UK through its Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, has already pledged an additional £2 million or roughly P150 million.

“We are yet to renew our appeal but CAFOD already made a commitment,” Gariguez said referring to the official Catholic aid agency for England and Wales. (CBCP/RJB/JEG/PIA-NCR)