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PIA Press Release

Catholic relief services to provide more assistance to Leyte

by Rebecca Cadavos

SOUTHERN LEYTE (22 November) -- Catholic Relief Services (CRS)-America, the Caritas organization from the United States of America through its representative Michael Franks expressed gratefulness for the support and cooperation given by the provincial and local officials of the province during the blessing and turn-over ceremony of the housing project held recently in Barangay Caligangan, Liloan.

Franks who also represented Caritas Internationalis observed how the local government officials converged their efforts to be able to assist the Catig residents who were the beneficiaries of the Caritas housing project in Caligangan wherein a one-hectare lot was provided by the Diocesan Social Action Center (DSAC) here. The USA community was very willing to provide assistance more than what the province asked for, he said during his message.

Franks disclosed that the churches in America saw what happened to Southern Leyte particularly in Brgy. Guinsaugon, St. Bernard when the killer landslide hit earlier this year and other parts of the province to include Liloan town. About 86 housing units or 43 duplexes where turned over to the Caligangan beneficiaries that were relocated also due to the landslide that hit before the Guinsaugon tragedy.

Caritas Internationalis committed about 250 housing units for Napantao, San Francisco and in Brgy. Caligangan.

Meanwhile, Sr. Rosanne Mallillin representative from Caritas Filipinas Foundation based in Manila related that they received the request from the DSAC to provide assistance for the Catig evacuees and found out how big the responsibility was that could not be acted immediately by the National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA) here.

The process was to relay the problem to the 162 member countries of Caritas worldwide and send an appeal to their main office in Rome for their support which was then responded immediately, Sr. Mallillin recounted.

The Catholic organization will not only assist in building houses because they are only material things, according to Sr. Mallillin, but mostly because of the spiritual growth within each one and our faith in God, she said.

DSAC through Fr. Eufemio Gohetia will be the one to follow-up the lives of the Caligangan beneficiaries and eventually they will be provided livelihood assistance to uplift their lives, Sr. Mallillin added.

The blessing and turn-over ceremony was attended by Bishop Precioso Cantillas, Cong. Roger Mercado, Gov. Rosette Lerias and the local officials of Liloan town. (PIA) [top]

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