THE Archdiocese of Cebu has found a place for its Center for the Poor.
Fr. Brian Brigoli, who was appointed by Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma to oversee the construction and design of the proposed building, told reporters that they have chosen a 700-square-meter lot within the property of the Archdiocesan Shrine of San Nicholas de Tolentino in Barangay Pasil, Cebu City.
Brigoli is currently chairman of the Archdiocesan Commission on Heritage.
Brigoli said it was the Archdiocese’s administrative board who chose the area as ideal for the building.
He said they’ve decided to build the facility in Pasil because they consider it the center of poor communities in Cebu City.
Brigoli said they are closely coordinating with the parish officials on the use of the property.
Brigoli said the proposed design for the Center for the Poor will feature indigenous and ethnic motiffs.
The Archdiocese has hired professionals to come up with a design for the building.
But Brigoli said the design has yet to be finalized.
The two-storey building will serve as a headquarters for the Archdiocese’s programs for the poor.
The programs will include seminars that help the poor find employment.
But while the proposed design and location are disclosed, Brigoli said they’ve yet to know when construction will start.
Last month, Palma said the Italian Bishops Conference has provided a P60 million financial assistance to the Archdiocese of Cebu for the construction of the proposed “Center for the Poor.”
The proposed building will serve as a memento for Cebu after the successful organization of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress last January.
Palma said that following the 51st IEC, they want to come up with concrete plans that would allow the local Catholic Church in Cebu to be closer to the poor.