A CAMPAIGN to collect loose change for an international religious congress is now only P7 million away from its target, but organizers hope people will keep giving.
Msgr. Joseph Tan, media liaison officer of the International Eucharistic Congress (IEC), said that as of this month, around P13 million has been raised through the Piso Para sa Misa ng Mundo (PPMM) campaign.
The target was P20 million.
Tan, however, said that organizers are hoping more people will donate and help them exceed the target amount, which is intended to support the logistics of hosting the IEC.
The international congress is scheduled on Jan. 24 to 31, 2016.
Archbishop Jose Palma’s welcome letter, posted last July 2 on the IEC website (http://iec2016.ph), states: “Our country is not so rich in material resources, but what we have is abundant faith, faith that has kept our spirits alive through these trying times.” He pointed out in the letter that Cebu is still recovering from an earthquake last Oct. 15, 2013, followed by super typhoon Yolanda less than a month later.
Organizers expect to spend around P250 million for the 51st IEC.
Tan said that as of yesterday, around 2,000 of 5,000 delegates who registered online have already paid the registration fees.
Local and foreign delegates will pay P7,000 during the early registration until Sept. 30, 2015. Those who register after that until Nov. 30 will have to pay P8,000; and those who sign up after Nov. 30 until Jan. 22, 2016 will be charged P9,000.
Separate rates are being offered for local and foreign registrants who will attend the congress for only four days.
Monsignor Tan said that aside from the PPMM donations and registration fees, the organizers will also depend on some P20 million raised for the thanksgiving mass after the canonization of St. Pedro Calungsod in 2012.
The IEC’s venues committee is planning to expand the templete of St. Pedro Calungsod in the South Road Properties (SRP), where that mass was celebrated.