By Christina Hermoso
Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo, apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila, has urged the faithful to be more charitable this Lenten season and to support the Church’s Hapag-Asa Feeding Program.
“The amount that you will save from fasting and abstinence this Lent may be donated to the least fortunate through campaigns such as the Church’s Hapag-Asa Feeding Program, which seeks to help curb malnutrition in the country,” Pabillo said over Church-run Radio Veritas.
“Let us be more charitable this Lent and help respond to the problem of malnutrition in the country. Whatever amount that we are able to save through our sacrifices like fasting, let us donate to charity like the Hapag-Asa program that feeds those who have nothing to eat,” said Pabillo who also heads the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on the Laity.
The Hapag-Asa Feeding Program is one of the lead programs of the Pondo ng Pinoy which was set up by Manila Archbishop Emeritus Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales in 2004.
In 2019, the State of the World’s Children: Children, Food and Nutrition report said that one in every three children aged five were short for their age, while seven percent were underweight.