December 9, 2015
Echoing their commitment to climate change action, the Archdiocese of Palo Relief and Rehabilitation Unit (Caritas Palo) formally opened on Wednesday its Christmas Bazaar and Trade Fair with products made by Typhoon Yolanda survivors in Leyte.
The bazaar themed “Caritas Cares” mainly features organic and local products from 15 Yolanda-affected communities in Leyte in the towns of Palo, Mac Arthur, Sta. Fe, Dulag and Alangalang.
According to Archdiocese of Palo Relief and Rehabilitation Unit (Caritas Palo) Director Fr. Al Cris Badana, this activity is part of their climate change action, which they put in a formal Climate Change Declaration last week.
“We at the Catholic Church believe in organic farming, and sustainable agriculture and livelihoods managed by empowered communities. This bazaar is just one way of caring for the environment by promoting organic products that reduce carbon footprints,” Badana said.
He added that the bazaar hopes to provide opportunities for ‘Yolanda’ survivors to link their products to potential markets and strengthen their microenterprises.
The bazaar would run from December 9 to 11 at the Palo Cathedral grounds.
So far, the Roman Catholic Church through the Archdiocese of Palo Relief and Rehabilitation Unit/Caritas Palo in partnership with NASSA/Caritas Philippines and Caritas Internationalis has been helping communities affected by Typhoon Yolanda through the provision of livelihoods, shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene, as well as ecosystem rehabilitation, capacity building, and disaster risk reduction.
In terms of livelihood, their support to Yolanda-affected communities in the province totaled to P19.9 million in two years.
It can be recalled that last week the Archdiocese of Palo Relief and Rehabilitation Unit together with at least 200 ‘Yolanda’ survivors signed a Climate Change Declaration and Community-Managed Disaster Risk Reduction (CMDRR) convergence in solidarity with the Climate Justice talks in Paris, France.
JING REY HENDERSON
(0905) 546-9977 / 525-1924