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Caritas Manila distributes P9 million in funds to dioceses affected by the typhoon.

The Archdiocese of Manila’s social action department has sent more than PHP9 million in cash aid to dioceses hit by Typhoon Odette.

According to the most recent information as of Thursday, Caritas Manila has given PHP2 million to the Diocese of Surigao through Fr. John Young, president of Butuan City’s Father Saturnino Urios University.

The Archdiocese of Cebu, the Apostolic Vicariate of Taytay, Palawan, and the Dioceses of Tagbilaran, Maasin, Talibon, and Kabankalan, as well as the Archdiocese of Cebu and the Apostolic Vicariate of Taytay, Palawan, received PHP1 million each, while the Archdiocese of Cagayan De Oro received PHP500,000.

Meanwhile, the Diocese of Dumaguete and the Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Princesa each received PHP400,000.

Socrates Mesiona, Bishop of Puerto Princesa, indicated that while food packets are still being distributed, they are insufficient to meet the needs of those most affected by the disaster.

“We have already delivered food packs today,” he stated in an interview with Radio Veritas, “but we can’t give them all because our resources are limited.”

Meanwhile, Dumaguete Bishop Julito Cortes reported that more than 70 persons have been killed in Dumaguete City, with 22 still missing.

He went on to say that, in addition to food and water, the victims require first-aid kits and tarpaulins to shelter refugees.

“They need medical kits and tarpaulins because of the storm surge, especially in the northern parishes,” the Catholic priest stated.

The bishops, on the other hand, expressed gratitude to Caritas Manila executive director Father Anton CT. Pascual for the organization’s continuous assistance, particularly to those most affected by the recent disaster.

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