Flood Victims Flock to Churches

And if you thought that it was only the rescuers who were heroes, our priests also deserve our gratitude for opening their doors to poor refugees seeking shelter from the rain, the floods, and the cold. At Sto. Domingo church, the seminarians cooked hot meals for the wet, shivering and hungry. The same was also done in other parishes.

The Great Habagat Flood: Of Heroes and Naysayers”>Read the rest here.


From Caritas Manila:

We live to serve

Ito ang panawagan ni Caritas Manila Executive Director Fr.Anton Pascual sa patuloy na pagbuhos ng malakas na ulan kung saan maraming lugar sa Metro Manila,Northern at Southern Luzon ang lubog sa baha. Ayon kay Fr.Anton,patuloy ang relief operations ng Caritas Manila sa mga residente ng binabahang lugar sa ,Quezon City Navotas, Rizal, Manila, Pasay at Marikina City.

Sinabi ng executive director ng Caritas Manila na nakapagbigay na rin ang Caritas ng relief goods,mga kumot,mga gamot sa 325 na pamilya sa Barangay Sta.Cruz, 300-pamilya sa Roxas District,250 pamilya sa San Antonio de Padua Parish at 120 na pamilya sa Immaculate Conception Parish sa Quezon city.

Ipinadala naman ng Caritas sa may 1,221 pamilya ng Baseco ang 500 Caritas Manna pack boxes at 30 sako ng damit. Nagdeliver din ang Caritas Manila ng relief goods sa 600 pamilya sa San Pablo Apostol parish,100-sa St.Joseph parish sa Gagalangin Tondo,180-na pamilya sa Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage,50-Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary,30-Sto.Nino de Tondo,100-San Jose Manggagawa,55-Our Lady of the Most Blessed,500-San Agustin sa Baseco. Bukod dito,inihayag ni Father Pascual na may naka-ready pang sampung libong relief goods(10,000)at 10,000 first aid kit na good for 3-5 days ang Caritas Manila para sa mga residenteng nasa evacuation centers.

Sa kabila nito, nananawagan si Father Anton sa lahat na mayroong sobra sa kanilang pangangailangan na itulong sa kanilang mga kababayang nasalanta ng malakas na ulan dulot ng Habagat na nasa iba’t-ibang evacuation centers at mga Simbahan. Inihayag ni Fr.Anton na nangangailangan ang Caritas Manila ng tulong para maibsan ang paghihirap ng mga mamamayan na nasa evacuation centers at ibang residente na nasa bubungan pa ng kanilang mga bahay.

“Peace, We are seeking help to alleviate suffering of the poor families who are victims of flooding.We provide provide 10,000 hygiene kit and relief bag good for 3-5 days.God bless your generosity a hundred fold.Thanks and God Bless”.panawagan ni Fr.Anton sa Radio Veritas

Sinabi ni Father Anton na ang mga nais tumulong ay maaring magdeposito sa BPI Savings Account no.3063-5357-01:BDO SA 5600-45905:Metro Bank SA 175-3-17506954-3 o USD Bank Accounts: BPI no. 3064-0033-55(swift code PNB MPH MM) Para naman sa pick-up na mga donasyon ay maaring tumawag sa Caritas Manila sa trunkline no:564-0205;563-9311,562-0020 up to 25 o sa fax: 564-6678.

Nagpapasalamat naman si Father Anton sa mga taong tumulong at nagbigay ng kanilang time,talent at treasure para sa mga nasalanta ng malakas na pagbaha at pag-ulan. Ipinapa-alaala ni Fr.Anton sa lahat na “we live to serve”. Anya, anuman ang gawin mo sa mga mahihirap ay ginawa mo sa Panginoon.

Photo album can be viewed here.


Found on Fr. Jojo Zerrudo’s wall on Wednesday:

EVACUEES IN HOLY FAMILY CHURCH NOW AT 1,300 PERSONS. DAY 3. And for the record, we survived the first day of the evacuation because of the DONATIONS COMING FROM PARISHES AND RELIGIOUS CONGREGATIONS AND PARISHIONERS. The employees of the politicians came to ask for stats and came on Day 2. Again, when disaster strikes, who do you call: THE CHURCH. Calling for volunteers to cook and serve food. More manpower needed because the evacuees increased to 1,300 persons. More manpower please

Photo album of goings-on at Holy Family Church can be found here.

If you would like to come and help, here’s a map to Holy Family Church.

This is just one of the many many churches who opened their doors to flood victims, sheltered and fed them.

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