Aerial shot of the province of which was heavily damaged by super typhoon Yolanda (MNS photo)

Aerial shot of the province of which was heavily damaged by super typhoon Yolanda (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Six months after super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) struck parts of central Philippines, the Catholic Church’s social action arm is seeking the equivalent of P600 million for rehabilitating affected areas.

Caritas Philippines said it will seek help from Caritas Internationales to raise the €9.7 million to continue the rehabilitation work.

“This is being done in nine affected dioceses and the community is part of the planning because the needs for livelihood and shelter varies between different affected areas,” Caritas Philippines executive secretary Fr. Edu Gariguez said in an article posted on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines news site early Monday.

Gariguez and representatives from Caritas Philippines are to go to the United Kingdom and Rome this month to launch an appeal for aid from Caritas international, the article said.

Likewise, he was quoted as saying that €9.7 million is a “very conservative estimate” of the amount they can raise, saying they could go beyond the target.

International pledges

The CBCP said Caritas UK, through its Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, has already pledged an additional £2 million (P150 million).

“We are yet to renew our appeal but CAFOD already made a commitment,” Gariguez said, referring to the official Catholic aid agency for England and Wales.

As of April 3, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said Yolanda left 6,293 people dead, 28,669 injured and 1,061 still missing.

It said Yolanda affected 3,424,593 families or 16,078,181 people in 12,139 barangays in 44 provinces, 591 towns and 57 cities.

The NDRRMC said Yolanda caused P39,821,497,852.17 in damages, including P19,559,379,136.11 in infrastructure and P20,262,118,716.06 in agriculture.

Meanwhile, a check on the government’s FAITH (Foreign Aid Transparency Hub) website as of May 5 showed the equivalent of P14,997,132,777.47 in foreign aid had been received.

The equivalent of P34,043,132,766.25 had been pledged, including P11,069,911,621.69 in cash and P22,973,221,144.56 in non-cash pledges. (MNS)