MANILA – Officials of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Social Action, Justice and Peace on Thursday appealed for donations for people affected by Typhoon Ambo in the provinces of Samar, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, and Quezon.
Kidapawan Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo and San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza, chairman and vice chairman of the commission, respectively, asked the support of their fellow prelates to help people affected by the calamity.
“Thus, our urgent and utmost appeal to our Brother Bishops: In this great time of need, we urge you to show solidarity to the Dioceses of Borongan and Catarman by giving your donations directly to them,” they said in a statement.
They urged fellow prelates to support the Alay Kapwa (AK) Solidarity Fund, which is their primary source of local emergency response fund.
“In like manner, we enjoin you to collectively support our Alay Kapwa Program both at the diocesan and national levels. We need this solidarity mechanism to be able to appropriately and timely respond to the emergency needs of our communities, where the most vulnerable and marginalized families continue to be the most affected,” they said.
The two prelates added that they have been using AK Fund, especially for small-scale emergencies, and the advocacy campaigns of the National Social Action General Assembly since 2004.
“Typhoon Ambo has put more than 200,000 lives in much peril after it ravaged Samar and Quezon provinces several days ago. Most, unfortunately, it hit the Philippines while the country is battling against the meltdown Covid-19 pandemic is causing,” they added.
They expressed hope that their appeal would be supported by the clergy.
“Ambo”, the country’s first tropical cyclone this year, battered Samar provinces and some areas in Quezon last week. (ia/PNA)