Philippines bishops call for more typhoon aid

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The social action arm of the Philippines’ Catholic Bishops Conference has issued an urgent appeal for donations to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan, reports Ucanews.

'Given the catastrophic scale and impact of the destruction...impacting nine provinces in the Philippines, the needed rehabilitation program is expected to be prolonged and massive in order to rebuild not only shelters but the lives and livelihood of the devastated communities,' Fr Edu Gariguez, executive secretary of the social action secretariat, said yesterday.

About $13 million is still needed to rehabilitate the nine dioceses most affected by the disaster alone, according to Fr Gariguez.

He said the 'emergency appeal' launched by the bishops and Caritas-Philippines was made after a 'tedious planning process' with input from communities affected by the disaster.

Caritas Internationalis has also issued a call to Catholic communities around the world to assist the affected dioceses throughout the rehabilitation process, which is expected to take three years.

Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan, president of the bishops' conference, said that further donations were needed if affected communities were to have 'a chance to recover'.

Photo: Catholic residents celebrate Mass in a chapel damaged by Typhoon Haiyan in Leyte province

FULL STORY Philippines bishops say typhoon victims still need urgent aid (Ucanews)

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