Archbishop calls for donations for quake victims-A A +A
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
ARCHBISHOP John Du from Palo, Leyte urged faithful in Eastern Visayas to extend their assistance to the victims of the 7.2-magnitude earthquake.
The archbishop led on Sunday the fund drive for the earthquake victims, particularly in Bohol, said archdiocese spokesperson Father Amadeo Alvero.
Alvero, speaking on behalf of the archbishop, said that by giving help, the faithful from the region shows that they care to the victims of the October 15 earthquake that devastated Bohol and Cebu provinces.
While Eastern Visayas felt the earthquake, it did not cause damage to any parts of the region. In Tacloban, the tremor was felt at intensity 5.
“Our archbishop enjoins all the faithful to extend assistance, preferably financial assistance, to our brothers and sisters affected by the recent earthquake. Any donation may be channeled through the office of any parish in our archdiocese,” Alvero said.
“We are indeed glad and even grateful that we were spared from any harm here in our region. The best way to thank God this time is to share our blessings to our brothers and sisters who are suffering now in Bohol and Cebu. Let us help them with our financial assistance,” Du’s spokesperson added.
While the fund drive was started Sunday during masses, Alvero could not say yet how much was raised during the start of the fund drive.
The archdiocese of Palo covers the provinces of Leyte, Biliran, and the three Samar provinces (Samar, Eastern Samar, and Northern Samar).
Southern Leyte is part of the Cebu archdiocese.
Meantime, Leyte Vice Governor Carlo Loreto said that he and other officials of the province are scheduled to leave for Bohol to personally give the Provincial Government’s assistance to the victims of the earthquake.
Loreto could not say as to how much the Provincial Government
will donate and what relief items are to be given to the victims.
“We have planned to provide assistance, both financial and relief items, to the victims of the earthquake. (And) we should be thankful that we were not hit by the earthquake. We’re pretty sure that Boholanos will not hesitate to extend assistance to Leyte if we’ll be hit by a calamity,” Loreto said. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)