November 7, 2014
The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) declares a National Day of Prayer to commemorate the first anniversary of Super Typhoon Yolanda, which devastated many parts of the country, especially in the Visayas region.
The prayer will be recited right after the Angelus at 6PM, which will be followed by the simultaneous ringing of church bells in all 89 dioceses and more than 50,000 churches nationwide.
“May this be a reminder to all our fellow brothers and sisters that we should continue to pray for all those who were affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda. Together, we stood the storm. So, together we also rebuild lives strong. Let us continue to pray for those who are still suffering from their loss in the dreaded storm. And at the same time, let us continue to support the programs for the rehabilitation of all the survivors,” NASSA/Caritas Philippines National Director Archbishop Rolanda J. Tria Tirona, OCD.
The CBCP through its social action arm, the National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA)/Caritas Philippines, has been implementing the program called #REACHPhilippines, which is the most massive recovery program by the Catholic Church to the survivors of the Super Typhoon.
For the first year, the program aims to reach 97,612 families from nine dioceses or provinces that were severely battered by the storm namely: Leyte, Samar, Eastern Samar, Palawan, Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo, and Cebu..
The program’s focus are the provision of disaster-resilient homes, installation of water and sanitation facilities, food security and livelihood assistance and trainings, disaster risk reduction trainings, capacity building, and ecosystem recovery.
This year’s commemoration with the theme “Rising Above Yolanda: Celebrating the Resilient Filipino Spirit” aims to revive and celebrate the spirit of resiliency and camaraderie amidst the adversities encountered by many Filipinos during the devastation of Super Typhoon Yolanda last November 8.
Aside from the National Day of Prayer, there will also be Commemorative Run at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila on November 15 and a free Commemorative Concert at the RTR Plaza in Tacloban City, Leyte on November 11.
There will also be several product development training workshops in Coron, Palawan and Tacloban City, Leyte to revive the handicraft industry and a 2nd High Level Partners’ Meeting with Caritas Internationalis Member Organizations in Intramuros, Manila on November 16.
Jing Rey Henderson
Senior Communications Officer
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