Philippines – Interview with Fr. Edwin Gariguez, Executive Secretary of CBCP Caritas Filipinas Foundation, on Tuesday 12th of November 6pm local time:

What is the current situation after this destructive Typhoon?

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Fr. Edwin Gariguez: “The damages are really wide spread and devastating, particularly in the island of Leyte, the province which is very badly affected. This was in the media. But there are much more provinces and small islands also badly hit. We will be arriving tonight and Caritas International will be joining us in visiting the area tomorrow afternoon.”

What are the most important needs?

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Fr. Edwin Gariguez: “Of course the most important needs of the affected communities are food and water. There were reports of looting in the province of Leyte because people are so desperate. There were also reports that the number of dead is increasing. We are trying to reach areas, which are not mentioned in the media, but we are receiving information from the ground, particularly from parishes of the affected dioceses. So many people are crying for help but the magnitude of the calamity is so huge that even the government recognizes that it is difficult to reach all those who are affected by this devastating Super-Typhoon.”

A lot of churches and church facilities might also be affected …

Fr. Edwin Gariguez: “Yes, I have received a report from a nun from Cebu. She told me that 80 per cent of the communities were flattened practically to the ground including schools, churches and sport halls. Most of the buildings collapsed.”

I can confirm that people around the world are praying for your country …

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Fr. Edwin Gariguez: “Please communicate our sincere gratitude to the people who are in solidarity with us during these days of difficulties. We are used to Typhoons in our country, they come and go but this is really a Super-Typhoon, very devastating … People are so desperate. Many are looking for their relatives and so many have lost their lives.”

Aid to the Church in Need, a pontifical charity, has granted €100,000 ($100,000 CAD)

as emergency aid for the people affected by the catastrophe. Be generous! We accept donations by telephone 1-800-585-6333 or by mail at Aid to the Church in Need, P.O. Box 670, Stn. H, Montreal, QC, H3G 2M6.

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