'Stop finger pointing, it does not help in relief operations for typhoon victims'– Incoming CBCP president

November 15, 2013 10:13 am 

By Ferdinand G. Patinio

MANILA, Nov. 14 (PNA) — The incoming president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said the people should shun from finger pointing and blame passing since it will not help in the ongoing relief and rehabilitation efforts for the victims of typhoon “Yolanda.”

“Name calling and blame passing and finger pointing will just increase the damage and add to the confusion. This is the least we need. Let us celebrate what is right. Let us do what is right, the right that we can do no matter how small. Let us not allow the magnitude to overwhelm us. Feed one by one. Help one at a time,” said Archbishop Socrates Villegas, in a message released on Thursday entitled, SAMA SAMA TAYO!

Likewise, he urged the public to show the people from the areas devastated by the super typhoon that they are ready to help them to rise up again from the effects of the storm.

“This is the time for charity, urgent charity. This is the time for lighting our small little candles together to fight the darkness and gloom. This is the time to spread inspiration, to dig for more hope and to send off more positive vibes in the air,” the Lingayen-Dagupan prelate added.

The CBCP official noted that those people who want to help in the relief efforts to take action as they are much needed since the government, the non-government organizations among others cannot do it all by themselves.

“The government cannot do the relief and rehabilitation alone. The NGO’s and communication companies cannot do this alone. The engineers and social workers cannot do this by themselves. We need to help one another. Those who want to help must help together,” Villegas said.

He added, “I encourage every church group or religious association to directly adopt one parish community in the Diocese of Borongan. There are thirty two parishes that may be adopted as sister communities. The Archdiocese of Palo in Leyte has sixty four parishes. We can adopt one parish and directly help them with relief now and rehabilitation later on.”

At the same time, he reported that the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan, have established links with Saint Mary’s College in Guiuan, Eastern Samar for the repacking and distribution by the Religious of the Virgin Mary in the said town.

“Hunger and sickness cannot wait. Do not wait for government. We must open all possibilities rather than get stuck at dead ends or road blocks or broken bridges. We must be aggressive and creative in sending charity,” Villegas said. (PNA)

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