November 3, 2014
To celebrate the Filipino resilient spirit, NASSA/Caritas Philippines leads the commemoration of the first anniversary of Super Typhoon Yolanda with a series of activities set for the whole month of November this year.
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.
“We at NASSA/Caritas Philippines are committed to carry out developmental programs that are patterned to the actual needs of our people especially of those who were severely affected by the super typhoon,” said NASSA/Caritas Philippines National Director Archbishop Rolanda J. Tria Tirona, OCD.
Among the activities in line for the celebration are the Commemorative Run which will be held 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. The performers include Gary Granada, Chikoy Pura, Bayang Barrios and Cookie Chua.
There will also be a National Day of Prayer in commemoration of the super typhoon on November 8 which will be led by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines. This includes the simultaneous ringing of bells in 89 dioceses and more than 50,000 churches nationwide.
Apart from these are several product development training workshops in Coron, Palawan and Tacloban City, Leyte to revive the handicraft industry in the said areas and at the same time boost the utilization of their indigenous raw materials such as bamboo slits, “tikog” (sea grass) and used/recycled cloths.
There will also be a 2nd High Level Partners’ Meeting with Caritas Internationalis Member Organizations on November 16 in Intramuros, Manila.
NASSA/Caritas Philippines is the social action arm of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines which is currently committed in the rehabilitation of the survivors of the Super Typhoon Yolanda.
Under its #REACHPhilippines project, NASSA/Caritas Philippines has funded six major recovery programs including the construction of 3,753 disaster resilient shelters, installation of 35,550 WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) facilities, and implementation of 70 food security and livelihood projects for nine dioceses severely affected by the typhoon.
Jing Rey Henderson
Senior Communications Officer
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