MANILA – The Philippine Catholic Bishops’ Conference (CBCP) has encouraged parishes and religious communities to continue their charitable work even though they face challenges.
âI know that since last year, through our parishes and religious communities, we have been helping poor families without much publicity. We are all suffering, but let us take up the challenge of continuing to help the families most in need among us. Let us continue to provide them with food packages and other forms of assistance, âCBCP president Archbishop Romulo Valles said in a statement released Thursday.
He also expressed support for community initiatives that have sprouted in many parts of Metro Manila and parts of the country that aim to help the needy amid the 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic. .
“We are happy to know that in recent days, in a true bayanihan (civic unity) spirit, neighborhoods and communities have organized themselves to help needy families, especially with food and other basic necessities,” said the Davao prelate.
On the other hand, Valles urged the population to also help those affected by the recent Typhoon Bising which has made the suffering of the people worse in the midst of the pandemic.
“Bp. Jose Colin Bagaforo, our chairman of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Social Action, Justice and Peace, informed me that Commission staff have already started providing assistance to communities in these areas” , he added.
Meanwhile, the National Council of Churches of the Philippines (NCCP) also praised the community pantries that have sprung up in many parts of the country.
âCommunity pantries should be supported and emulated everywhere. I encourage member churches of the NCCP either to put community pantries in local churches and parishes, or to donate to those that already exist in their communities, âsaid Bishop Reuel Norman Marigza, general secretary of the NCCP. NCCP, in a separate press release. (ANP)