DONATIONS. Families in Bangued, Abra affected by the July 27 earthquake receive relief packs donated by the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency on Saturday (August 6, 2022). The donated items included food, water, water-proof tarpaulin, blankets, and food packs that were coursed through Bishop Leopoldo Jaucian of the Diocese of Abra. (PNA photo by Liza T. Agoot)

BANGUED, Abra – The Diocese of Abra has received from the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) the relief items for residents in far-flung communities affected by the July 27 earthquake in Northern Luzon.

"Napakaganda na lahat pala ay gustong tumulong sa mga kapwa nila na sinasalanta ng kalamidad (It is so good that there are many people who want to help their fellowmen affected by the calamity," Bishop Leopoldo Jaucian of the Diocese of Abra said on the sidelines of the turnover of goods and distribution to some beneficiaries on Saturday at the Bishop's house here.

NICA-Ilocos Region turned over the goods bought using the monetary contribution of officials and personnel from all over the country led by Director General Ricardo de Leon, which was coursed to NICA-1.

The donation worth over PHP500,000 was used to buy rice, grocery food items, "tolda" or water-proof tarpaulin, blankets, soap, and water aside from food packs from a fast-food chain.

"Maraming salamat sa mga nagbigay sa mga tao lalo na sa mga hindi pa nakatanggap at sila ay bibigyan (Thank you for giving to the people, this will be for those who have yet to receive assistance)," the bishop said.

He said his house serves as the operation center of Caritas.

The bishop said they plan to decentralize the Caritas operation center by bringing some of the donations from the NICA to the parish priests who in turn will distribute the goods to the people in the community who have yet to receive aid.

Jaucian also said the Catholic Church also has a social action center that can facilitate donations.

"We will accept and facilitate if others want to course through us and the social action center," he said.

Mildred Abordo, NICA-1 head, said the donation is a regular activity of the NICA whenever there are areas affected by calamities.

"We also want to inculcate in the minds of our personnel, especially the young personnel, of the value of volunteerism and taking care of each other," Abordo said.

She said they want their personnel to always remember that even a small amount will go a long way when put together with the other donations. (PNA)