The Diocese of Borangan in the central Philippines has stretched its remaining social action funds to aid typhoon-affected communities.
Bishop Crispin Varquez appealed for prayers and encouraged those who would like to send their help to “bring your assistance for the victims.”
The prelate said the diocese is “doing its best to maximize” its remaining funds to assist hard-hit communities, which are also affected by the lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Bishop Varquez said people cannot solely rely on the local government for aid because it is also already exhausted with its emergency response against the impact of the pandemic.
The prelate expressed his admiration for the people of Eastern Samar province who “remain faithful and strong” amid the hardship brought by the recent typhoon and the health crisis.
“The hardship of the people here has doubled but we have to move on. We have to continue. We thank God for the gift of life,” said the bishop.
The prelate said he admires the “beauty of people who have faith.”
Nine towns in Eastern Samar have been placed under a state of calamity due to the devastation brought by Typhoon “Ambo.”
At least 34,235 families were reported to have been displaced due to the typhoon that hit the province last week.