November 12, 2014
The Catholic Church through its partner, Caritas Internationalis, spent P26 million in its reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts to areas severely affected by Typhoon Pablo (international name Bopha) back in December 4, 2012.
The rehabilitation project, which was implemented in February 2013 and was initially set for five months, was served to the provinces of Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Sur that were directly hit by the typhoon.
The project, however, was extended to one year following pledges by Caritas New Zealand specifically for shelter construction.
Among the projects completed within one-year period are the provision of basic survival kits to sustain food, hygiene and thermal protection needs to 855 affected families.
A total of 800 families also received transitional shelters built with disaster resilient techniques.
In fact, Caritas shelters were the first completed units to rise in the municipalities of Cateel and Boston both in Davao Oriental with lands provided by the barangays.
It can be recalled that Typhoon Pablo was one of the strongest tropical cyclones to hit the Southern Philippines, affecting 5.4 million individuals.
Jing Rey Henderson
Senior Communications Officer
(0905) 546-9977 / 525-1924