By Christina Hermoso
Caritas Manila, the social action arm of the Manila archdiocese, will be sending aid to the families affected by the massive flooding in Metro Manila and in nearby areas.
“We have available relief goods such as food, clothing, water, medicines and other emergency relief items including hygiene and first aid kits which we can send to evacuation centers for the affected families,” said Rev. Fr. Anton Pascual, Caritas
Manila executive director and Radio Veritas president over the Church-run faith-based station.
“Our station, through our Damayan Program sa Caritas sa Veritas, is ready to accept donations as well and to assist those who might need help. All they have to do is to get in touch with Radio Veritas,” he added.
Pascual stressed that “it is important to help those who are in need because our Church
is a Church of the Poor. Matthew 25 reminds us that ‘whatever we do to the least of our brothers, we do unto God.’ That is why as true Christians, the concerns and problems of our brothers and sisters are also our own concerns and problems. What ills our neighbor is also our illness and the tragedy that befalls others is also our own. Our
daily Good Samaritan Program in Radio Veritas exists to respond to the needs of our fellow Filipinos,” Pascual said.
Meanwhile, the Social Action Center of the Diocese of Antipolo has requested for assistance for all those affected by the floods in the area. Fr. Bien Miguel, social action director of the diocese, said, residents in San Mateo and Montalban in Rizal as well as residents in Marikina, where some 20,000 residents are now staying in evacuation centers, are in need of assistance.
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, for his part, has instructed all parish churches under his jurisdiction to open their doors to affected families and individuals as he called on the faithful to help, in whatever capacity they can.