Caritas Manila Covid-19 charity response reaches P1.7-B


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Fr. Anton Pascual distributes Ligtas Covid Kits to an underprivileged household.

CaritasManila along with Project Ugnayan has distributed worth P1.7 billion assistance to those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The fund-raising initiative led by the country’s leading corporations and business families in cooperation with the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) is headed by Ayala Corporation President and COO Fernando Zobel de Ayala.

Tapping the vast network of parishes and volunteers under its wing. Caritas Manila distributed gift vouchers redeemable in nearby groceries to challenged communities in Metro Manila and nearby areas.

As of September 2020, over P1.37 billion worth of gift certificates has been given out to 1.37 million poor households in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite and Laguna. This benefitted 1,909,153 families or 9,611,835 individuals.

Caritas Manila also gave out an additional P318 million worth of food and non-food items to those falling under the classifications of Poorest Families, Vulnerable Groups, Service Frontliners, Poor Dioceses and Individuals in Crisis.

In just three days after the imposition of the lockdown, it launched its Contra Covid program that involved the immediate distribution of 143,624 Manna Food Bags, 16,893 Ligtas Covid Kits, assorted food and non-food items as well as gift vouchers in Metro Manila and surrounding dioceses.

“During this pandemic, we endeavor to provide immediate charity aid to the poor and marginalized. Covid-19 is not only a health crisis but more so a grave economic concern that affects almost everyone,” Caritas Manila Executive Director Anton CT Pascual said,

Donations can be coursed thru — Account Name: Caritas Manila, Inc. to the following peso savings accounts: BDO 000-5600-45905; BPI 3063-5357-01; and Metrobank 175-3-17506954-3.

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