CBCP-NASSA launches 9.5 M Euro Appeal for Recovery Program in 9 Dioceses
“I call on the whole Caritas Internationalis Confederation to give our communities a chance for recovery,” says the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) President, Archbishop Socrates Villegas, signaling the launch of CBCP-NASSA Caritas Philippines’ emergency appeal worth over 9.5 million Euros for its 1st year of implementation.
The emergency appeal entitled “Recovery assistance to the vulnerable communities affected by typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines” (REACH-Philippines) aims to rehabilitate the 9 dioceses most affected by the typhoon Yolanda when it swept through the Visayas region on 8 November 2013.
“Given the catastrophic scale and impact of the destruction wrought by typhoon Haiyan, impacting 9 provinces in the Philippines, the needed rehabilitation program is expected to be prolonged and massive in order to rebuild not only shelters but the lives and livelihood of the devastated communities,” says Fr. Edwin Gariguez, Executive Secretary.
CBCP-NASSA through Caritas Internationalis (CI) is calling out to the Catholic community worldwide to assist these dioceses throughout the rehabilitation process which is expected to run for 3 years. Two more appeals with different sets of budgeting will be launched in the following years.
The Arch/Dioceses of Palo, Borongan, Calbayog, Cebu, Jaro, Capiz, Antique, Kalibo and the Apostolic Vicariate of Taytay (Palawan) conducted a Participatory Disaster Risk Assessment (PDRA) in 118 communities composed of around 25,000 households to get first-hand information on how to build back livelihood, shelter, water, sanitation & hygiene better.
Fr. Gariguez added that “the present EA (Emergency Appeal) for rehabilitation is a result of a tedious planning process, with the active participation of the communities affected by the super typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, in partnership with nine dioceses.”
Meanwhile, disaster risk reduction, advocacy and community organization are also strengthened to sustain and empower communities for their long term development.
“CBCP-NASSA/ Caritas Philippines made sure that the aspirations and needs of the affected communities to build a better life are embedded in this proposal, and will animate the recovery program,” Archbishop Villegas assured CI.
The Archbishop also thanked the CI Confederation for their support during the emergency relief operations which raised over 5.6 million Euros for the basic needs of more than 250,000 individuals distributing food packs, non-food items, cash grants and emergency livelihood support which included rehabilitation of seaweed farms and boat repairs.
Much like with the relief phase of Caritas’s emergency response, Fr. Edwin Gariguez hopes that the level of partnership and collaboration both with the local and international partners on this rehabilitation plan will once again be an exemplary model for Caritas response that the organization hopes to sustain.
To learn more about CBCP-NASSA Caritas Philippines and its programs, visit:
www.caritasphilippines.org / www.nassa.org
Ma. Venus B. Gamboa
Emergency Response Communications Officer
About CBCP-NASSA Caritas Philippines
CBCP-NASSA is the social development arm of the Philippine Catholic Church founded on 1966 as a response to the call of the Universal Church for renewal and social transformation. NASSA’s official name is Caritas Filipinas Foundation Inc. (CBCP-CFFI), and it represents the Philippines in Caritas Internationalis – a confederation of 162 Catholic relief, development and social service organizations present in 201 countries.