November 15, 2014
The social action arm of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) held a commemorative run in celebration of the Filipinos’ resiliency and strength of character one year after the devastation of Super Typhoon Yolanda in the country.
“The experience was so tragic and the condition so dire that many believed it will take years for our brothers and sisters to recover. But thanks to the grace of our ever-loving God, the figures were quickly reversed. Hundreds of individuals and organizations came to offer and provide immediate assistance,” NASSA/Caritas Philippines National Director Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona said in his inivitation letter on the commemoration of Typhoon Yolanda.
The event with the theme “Rising Above Yolanda: Celebrating the Resilient Filipino Spirit” was held at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila on November 15 at 5:00 am, and followed by a Eucharistic Celebration at 7:00 am.
Participants ran in three categories namely: 3K, 5K and 10K. The registration fee is at P250 for the 3K and 5K run (comes with bib and singlet), while P600 for the 10K run (comes with bib, singlet, tech shirt).
The Catholic Church through NASSA/Caritas Philippines has been helping out the survivors from the nine provinces severely affected by the super typhoon from the relief up to the rehabilitation phase.
Its program called #REACHPhilippines, which started on April 1st of this year, is currently focused in the provision of disaster resilient homes, installation of water and sanitation facilities, food security and livelihood assistance trainings, disaster risk reduction trainings, capacity building, and ecosystem recovery.
For the first year, the program aims to reach 141,112 families from nine dioceses or provinces namely: Leyte, Samar, Eastern Samar, Palawan, Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo and Cebu.
“Unlike other emergency response programs implemented in typhoon-stricken provinces, we devoted three months to community consultation to ensure that all our projects are responding to the actual needs of the communities that will be served,” Archbishop Tirona explained.
Jing Rey Henderson
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