Caritas Manila conducts Disaster Prevention Educational Awareness Program

In observance of the Disaster Prevention Month this July, Caritas Manila launched its educational awareness program on disaster prevention that will run this month up to September 2017.
According to Caritas Manila Executive Director Rev. Fr. Anton CT Pascual, this educational awareness program aims to educate most especially urban poor communities in Metro Manila about disaster prevention and awareness.
Caritas Manila works with the 13 vicariates the Archdiocese of Manila to organize and invite participants from communities in different parishes.  Together with the concerned local government unit and parishes, Caritas Manila identifies families and places most prone to disaster and prepares corresponding lectures and programs needed by the communities.
The social services and development ministry of the Archdiocese of Manila held its recent disaster prevention educational awareness program for the Vicariate of Espiritu Santo last July 19, 2017 at the Immaculate Concepcion Parish in Tondo, Manila. There were 29 participants who attended the event from other parishes, namely, San Roque, Risen Christ, San Rafael, Immaculate Concepcion, Sta. Monica, and San Jose Manggagawa
The first leg of the disaster prevention educational awareness program was held for the Vicariate of Sto. Niño at Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Parish in Delpan, Tondo, last July 14, 2017. Forty three (43) participants attended the event including those from the parishes St. John Bosco, Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament, San Pablo Apostol and Sto. Nino de Tondo.
The next educational awareness program for the remainder of July are for the following vicariates and host parishes: Vicariate of Nuestra Señora De Guia at Our Lady of Remedies Parish (July 21); Vicariate of San Jose de Trozo at San Sebastian Parish and St John the Baptist Parish (July 26); and Vicariate of Our Lady of Loreto at the Sacred Heart Parish (July 28).
The schedule for the month of August are as follows: Vicariate of San Fernando de Dilao at the St. Peter the Apostle and Sto. Niño de Pandacan Parish (August 3), Vicariate of the Holy Family at the Our Lady of Abandoned Parish (August 9), Vicariate of St. John the Baptist at the St. John the Baptist Parish (August 11), Vicariate of San Felipe Neri at the San Roque Parish (August 17), Vicariate of Sta Clara de Montefalco at the Sta. Clara de Montefalco Parish (August 23), Vicariate of    St. Joseph the Worker at the San Ildefonso Parish (August 25),and in the Vicariate of Sts. Peter and Paul at the National Shrine of Sacred Heart of Jesus (August 30).
The last leg will be on September 1 at the Mater Dolorosa parish for the Vicariate of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Trained volunteers and staff from Caritas Manila have providing seminars and awareness campaign, with participants undertaking relevant activities that emphasize disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) education such as orientation on the different health hazards, devoting time for discussion of preparedness, mitigation and prevention during the rainy season in class, symposium or forum on DRRM, and other related activities to meet the needs of the participating communities.
Fr. Pascual encourages the public to be active in campaigning awareness to disaster risk reduction and management.
“The Church has continuously doing its role to make communities and families more resilient against threats to their health and safety. Let us do our part in return to spread awareness and education to ensure effective and efficient responses to disasters,” Fr. Pascual said.
Aside from disaster awareness seminars, Caritas Manila, through Caritas Damayan has been active in helping families affected by disasters and incidents in the different regions nationwide.
Through its Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Program, Caritas Manila has put in place a disaster management program that allows for quick response relief operation and effective crisis intervention.
In May of 2017, the firefights between government forces and militants began in Marawi city which led to a massive evacuation. As part of the Caritas Manila’s efforts it has sent more than P1-million relief assistance to those affected by the crisis in Marawi through the Diocese of Iligan Social Action Center.
Last February 7, 2017, Caritas Manila is among of the institutions who volunteered in helping more than 3,000 families affected by the fire that raged in Parola Compound in Tondo, Manila. Caritas has released 1,000 relief goods containing food and water, clothes and hygiene kits. Likewise, Caritas Damayan representatives conducted a special needs assessment of the pregnant, children, elderly and the sick victims of the fire incident.
In November 2013, the onslaught of the super typhoon Yolanda (International name: Haiyan) became one of the most tragic disasters hit the Philippines. It left more than 6,000 people dead, almost 29 thousand injured and 3.4 million families affected. It caused P 89.6 billion of losses in economic damage, P9.5 billion worth of infrastructure destroyed and P21.8 billion worth of productive sectors damaged.
Caritas Manila released a total of in-cash and in-kind donations amounting to P349.9 Million while it has spent a total of P349.5 million for relief and rehabilitation efforts in the Yolanda-stricken areas. It has helped 192, 144 total number of families and has constructed and repaired more than 120 houses, 74 chapels and churches, reconstructed three convents. Caritas Manila also awarded 175 fishing boats and fishing equipment and 1,300 farming tools for the families under the agricultural sector. It also has given a total of 1,017 Scholarships to students affected by the super typhoon Yolanda.
Caritas Damayan is the Preventive Health and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Program of Caritas Manila which endeavors to make Caritas Manila partner communities and families more resilient against threats to their health and safety. Caritas Manila utilizes the Church’s network of parishes, priests, social action centers, schools and volunteers to bring aid and assistance directly to affected areas and families.

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