The social action arm of the Catholic Church in Manila has vowed to continue its humanitarian aid response after the government extended the lockdown period from April 30 to May 15.
Father Anton Pascual, executive director of Caritas Manila, said the church will carry on providing aid because people still cannot go to work for two more weeks.
“It is important that we, in the church, pray that more people with good hearts share cash and in-kind donations,” said the priest.
The priest added that many are in need, especially those who are displaced because of a fire in Manila’s Tondo district.
Father Pascual expressed his gratitude to the people who shared resources and to partners of Caritas Manila in helping poor families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Caritas Manila was able to provide aid to about 1.4 million families or about seven million individuals in 10 dioceses in the capital since the start of lockdown.
“To the people who have not received aid from the church and the government yet, let us not lose hope, let us pray, and help will come to us,” he said.