MANILA – The social action arm of the Archdiocese of Manila is calling on the faithful to help the victims of Super Typhoon Karding which barreled through Luzon on Sunday.
“Caritas Manila calls for donations to provide relief assistance to our brothers and sisters affected by the recent super typhoon,” said Caritas Manila in a Facebook post on Monday.
Those who would like to donate may visit the donation portals or visit https://www.caritasmanila.org.ph/online-cash-donation/.
For other inquiries, they may also call the following numbers: 8562 0020 to 25 local 118, 139, 135, or 0917.595.5083.
Caritas Manila also enumerated where the donations will go:
1. Food Pack - PHP1,000
-- rice (10 kg.)
-- assorted canned goods
-- rice noodles
2. Wash kit (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) - PHP2,000
-- jerry cans
-- pail with cover
-- water voucher
-- hygiene Kit (body soap, laundry soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, and alcohol)
3. Bedding materials - PHP5,000
-- family-size tent or trapal with rope
4. Shelter repair kit - PHP10,000
--galvanized iron sheets
-- Pozzolan cement
-- solar lamp
Meanwhile, a Catholic prelate called on the people to stay strong amid the damage brought by the super typhoon.
"It's really difficult, everyone is disturbed and I heard that there is a lot of property damage, so we thank God, but the important thing is that cooperation and empathy like our experience will help us face the test for our brothers and sisters who were devastated," Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija Bishop Sofronio Bancud said in an interview over church-run Radio Veritas.
Based on the report of the Cabanatuan Social Action Center (SAC) of the Diocese of Cabanatuan, the bishop said most of the damage in the province are from houses and buildings.
Bancud said he is thankful as there are no reported casualties in the province of 7 a.m. on Monday.
"My prayer is for all of us and may our unity, empathy, and cooperation give us the strength of will to overcome all of these," the Cabanatuan bishop added.
Meanwhile, the radio station has received several reports from different priests in areas that were hit by the typhoon on Sunday.
According to Fr. Boyet Valenzuela, “Karding” partially damaged houses in General Nakar, Quezon but left more severe damage on the town of Burdeos where it made its first landfall.
Also, Fr. Israel Gabriel, Social Action Director of the Prelature of Infanta said the storm did not cause extensive damage in the province of Aurora.
"We have already received initial reports from Dinalungan, Casiguran, and Dilasag, these are the ones at the very end of Aurora and here in central Aurora, the province of Aurora is not affected too much, there was only heavy rain but it is not alarming as before," he said in his message to Radio Veritas
He added that they will conduct a rapid assessment on Polillo Island and other places in Quezon province on the damage left by the typhoon.
On the other hand, the other dioceses in Luzon continue to report the situation in their respective areas.
Representatives of the Catholic Church in the Cordillera, claimed the typhoon did not have a major impact on the region although a landslide was recorded on the Tinoc-Kiangan Road.
"It rained here all night but there was no wind. There are only landslides here [now] in Tinoc, I can't go out because there are landslides waiting to be cleaned,” said Rev. Fr. Apol Dulawan, SAC Director of the Apostolic Vicariate of Bontoc-Lagawe.
Fr. Jorge Manisem, Social Action Director of the Apostolic Vicariate of Tabuk reported that Kalinga-Apayao is safe.
"Kalinga is okay, the sun is bright today, it was just ordinary rain last night and there was no wind,” he said.
In Southern Luzon, the Archdiocese of Lipa is already conducting a rapid assessment although it hopes that no one in the province of Batangas will be affected.
"We are doing our assessment right now, but since the rain and wind were not strong here yesterday and last night, it seems that nothing was affected," said Rev. Fr. Jayson Siapco, Director of the Lipa Archdiocesan Social Action Commission.
The Diocese of Gumaca, Quezon also recorded no major damage or evacuation of residents.
However, Rev. Fr. John Pharaoh of the SAC of the diocese said they are still conducting assessments to determine the condition of the residents.
"As of today, the vicinity of Gumaca [Diocese] is okay. Our assessment is still ongoing,” he added. (PNA)