The Military Ordinariate of the Philippines Bishop expressed support for the launch of the “Alay Kapwa Solidarity Appeal” that aims to collect funds to send to areas devastated by the earthquake in Turkey.
“Sana ito po ay kahit papaano ay maibsan din yung kanilang pangangailangan at siguro we can also make statement that we are part of the whole family,” said Bishop Oscar Jaime Florencio in a message aired over Radio Veritas 846.
“I hope and pray in my part, na sana naman na yung mga tao doon that they will be consoled also that all these things, hindi naman ito para bang sinadya (ang lindol), but we can always console in whatever way we can,” said the prelate.
This was also the message of Bishop Florencio after the Philippines’ Department of National Defense and Office of the Civil Defense sent an 82-member Philippine Rescue Team to Turkey.
He said sending of help to the devastated country is a show of solidarity.
“What we can do is to be a great help, to be a good brother, dahil ito man, hindi natin alam ito ay mangyari sa atin,” said the bishop.
“The number is getting worse, so parami nang parami, we cannot afford also to just look at them kaya nga dito sa unang-una sa dioceses natin, kayo po ay hinihikayat to share what we can,” said the bishop.
The Philippine Inter-Agency Contingent to Turkey has already swept through 20 buildings destroyed by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in search for survivors as of this week.
The Office of Civil Defense said the team had set up the Philippine Emergency Medical Assistance Team field hospital as soon as they arrived in Adiyaman last Friday.