Caritas Manila received expired goods or about to be expired

March 25, 2014 9:34 am 

MANILA, March 24 — Fr. Anton Pascual, executive director of Caritas Manila, said that they received expired or about to be expired goods from the public.

“We always received expired or about to be expired donations. It’s not something new with our kind of work. We don’t distribute them anyway,” he said in an interview.

Pascual explained that they always check the expirations of in kind donations such noodles, canned goods, biscuits, water, among others.

“If the food is rotten, we buried it for fertilizer; as for expired bottled water, we use it to water the plants,” he said.

He added, “We check and double check to make sure that the goods given to the victims of calamities and those who are needing food donations are not expired.”

Pascual explained that if the goods are nearing expiration they immediately dispose them by giving it to poor communities. “For example the goods will expire in a month, we dispose them so that it will not be put to waste.”

With this, he appealed to the people or donors to also check the goods they are donating to make sure that it will be useful to the beneficiaries.

At the same time, the Caritas Manila official reminded the public that they are now in the rehabilitation and recovery phase in the areas struck by super typhoon Yolanda, as he encouraged them donate cash.

“Basically what we are doing now is rehabilitation and recovery that is why we preferred donations in cash since we can use them to provide livelihood to the survivors,” he said. (PNA)

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