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Bishop Antonieto Cabajog said the diocese plans to build up to 170 housing units that can stand strong winds and rain
The Philippines -- ranked among the most vulnerable nations to the impacts of climate change -- is hit by an average of 20 storms every year
Tens of thousands fled their homes as the storm pummelled the disaster-prone region in recent days, dumping heavy rain that flooded houses
More than 13,000 people fled to emergency shelters as the storm pounded the region, flooding houses, inundating fields, cutting off roads
Strong weather disturbances are no longer aberrations, but are the “new normal” as the country faces the climate crisis
The Church’s humanitarian arm estimates that 11,000 poor families need help to recover and rebuild their lives from scratch
"I thought we were all going to die. Very strong winds, and the waves were just so huge. But we all helped each other."
"It’s been a month since the storm, and we think about how we can recover. It's just so hard."
More than 400 people were killed and hundreds of thousands left homeless after Rai hit the archipelago as a super typhoon in December
Scientists have long warned that typhoons are strengthening more rapidly as the world becomes warmer because of human-driven climate change