A Carmelite-ran parish in the Philippines is leading in the relief efforts for victims of flooding due to continuous rains in the Philippines, which has already displaced thousands of families. Fr. Gilbert Billena, O.Carm., parish priest of San Isidro Labrador Parish in Quezon City said that more than 2,000 of his parishioners were made to evacuate their homes and are now staying in centers that lacks basic facilities like toilets and sleeping areas. Since the start of the flooding last July 17, 2018.
Fr. Billena said that the parish through the Order’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management program have been providing help and assistance to the families. However, he said that the help provided is not enough as more and more families are displaced. So far, he said, that the parish was able to serve 300 families. “It would take three to four months for them to recover,”
He said. For the meantime, the parish is collecting the following items to help the victims: rice, canned goods, cooking oil, dried fish, sugar, bottled water, sleeping mat, blanket, clothes, hygiene kit, cooking utensils, tarp sheet. It is also collecting building materials for the repair of the houses of the victims like GI sheet, coco lumber, nails, metal wires, and bamboo; as well as the following items for the livelihood of the victims: rice seeds, vegetables seeds, corn seeds.
- Reposted from the Facebook of the Order of Carmelites - Los Carmelitas - I Carmelitani.
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