Briefer on Response to Typhoon Yolanda

              <<PDF Version>>    TYPHOON HAIYAN (Local name: Typhoon Yolanda) 8-9 November 2013 Strength: 235 kph Gustiness: 313 kph   9 Arch/Dioceses heavily affected: Diocese of Borongan, Eastern Samar Diocese of Calbayog, Western Samar Archdiocese of Palo, Leyte Archdiocese of Cebu Archdiocese of Jaro, Iloilo Archdiocese of Capiz Diocese of Kalibo Aklan Diocese of San Jose de Antique Apostolic Vicariate of Taytay, Palawan               Impact Overview: 6,268 deaths 686 million euros total cost of damages 13.2 million people affected 4.4 million people displaced 1.1 million houses damaged   OUR…

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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…

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NASSA, Caritas International map out rehab plans for typhoon devastated areas

CEBU City, Dec. 4, 2013—The National Secretariat for Social Action Justice and Peace (NASSA) of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) met with members of Caritas Internationalis and local partners to discuss and map out coordinated response for a comprehensive rehabilitation of areas devastated by typhoon Yolanda. The meeting, held at the Archbishop’s Residence in Cebu City, tackled a long term program of recovery and rehabilitation, including emergency preparedness and disaster risk reduction program, which will be launched on the first quarter of 2014. NASSA Executive Secretary, Fr. Edwin Gariguez discussed strategies on how to coordinate with the affected…

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NASSA ships relief goods to Visayas

National Secretariat for Social Action Justice and Peace (NASSA), staff Elmer Vilela measures the sacks of relief goods to be shipped to the Diocese of Calbayog for distribution to affected dioceses. Donations  allocated for the Yolanda victims contain 5,000 pieces of mats, 10,000 malongs, 6,000 pots, 5,000 blankets, 5,000  mosquito nets, 10,000 towels, 10,000 pails, 10,000 dippers, 10,000 water jugs and 10,000 matches.(SocialActionNews)

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Caritas brings humanitarian aid to Yolanda victims

MANILA, Nov. 15, 2013—Members of the Caritas Internationalis and other Catholic relief institutions around the globe will join forces for one coordinated and effective rescue, relief and restore operation to the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines. Caritas Asia and Africa have expressed their deepest condolences and solidarity on Wednesday in the aftermath of the disaster caused by the super-typhoon (Haiyan) Yolanda in the country. “On behalf of the Caritas confederation in Asia, Caritas Asia brings you our message of love and hope, as well as, our prayers and our commitment to lend a helping hand in rebuilding…

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Alay Kapwa Solidarity and PhP 7.9 M reach 11 affected Dioceses

Tolosa, Leyte ONE week after Typhoon Yolanda landed on Guiuan, Samar, and ploughed through Leyte, Cebu, Panay and Palawan, on 8 November, official records reported 2,357 deaths, 77 missing and 3,853 injured (as of 14 November).  Around 8M people are estimated to be affected in 574 municipalities/cities, with 112,962 persons displaced and 130,074 houses were totally destroyed. Most roads still remain impassable and with markets destroyed, food shortage is another major concern. While most areas still experience power outages, and municipalities in Capiz, Iloilo and Antique lack running water, network signal is still interrupted in Samar, Southern Leyte, Capiz, Biliran, Masbate…

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Church rallies diocesan social centers to aid typhoon victims

MANILA, Nov. 12, 2013—The Catholic Church’s social arm has tapped its vast network of social action centers in various dioceses to help the areas devastated by typhoon Yolanda. NASSA-Caritas Philippines of the Catholic Bishops Conference is linking with diocesan social action centers for a more coordinated and organized relief efforts. Dioceses spared from the typhoon are providing relief efforts to help typhoon victims in the spirit of ‘Alay kapwa’, it said. “In the past 3 weeks, we have had 1 major earthquake and 3 typhoons affecting every island in the archipelago, and yet help has been pouring in since the…

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BUILDING CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES THROUGH CARITAS SHELTER PROJECT

The CBCP-NASSA/Caritas Philippines, in collaboration with different diocese throughout the country, is building communities through Caritas Shelter Project.  The project believes that a necessary component in building Christian communities starts with building homes for the homeless and thereby provoking new hope and new beginnings. NASSA chairman Bishop Broderick Pabillo and Josephine Ignacio of Caritas Philippines visited the Caritas Shelter Project in three dioceses, namely, Tagum, Tandag and Mati on June 19 to 21 for the awarding of shelters to the homeless. Ten families were the first beneficiaries of Oplan Tabang: Balik Bahay Program in Purok 6, Babag, Monkayo, Compostela Valley province during a…

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TRAINING OF TRAINERS

The Catholic Relief Service (CRS) Philippines together with the National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace (NASSA) is holding a one-week Training of Trainers on Sphere Minimun Standards and Emergency Needs Assessment, an Emergency Preparedness and Response Training (EPRT) Project Training Modules 2 and 3. The event started yesterday, May 27 until May 31 held at the Tropicana Suites, Malate, Manila and facilitated by the representatives from CRS Indonesia, Helmi Hamid, Capacity Buidling Manager and Yenni Suryani, Country Manager. (SocialActionNews)  

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CARITAS SHELTERS RISE IN DAVAO ORIENTAL

    April 12 and 13, 2013 marked significant events for Barangays Aragon and Poblacion in Cateel and Barangay Sibajay in Boston, Davao Oriental, which were devastated by Typhoon Bopha last December 2012. Bishop Patricio H. Alo of the Diocese of Mati, Davao Oriental, led three groundbreaking ceremonies in the municipalities of Cateel and Boston for the construction of transitional shelters, much to the joy of the affected communities. It is expected that 128 families will benefit from Caritas Shelter units in Barangay Aragon, 65 in Barangay Poblacion and 50 in Barangay Sibajay, Boston. The said events, organized by the…

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