CHARIS, the archdiocesan umbrella body for overseas humanitarian work, has sent relief aid to the Philippine’s Luzon region, which experienced widespread flooding in the wake of the southwest monsoon.
CHARIS, in September, shipped $31,000 worth of supplies to Caritas Philippines to aid flood victims in Laguna province who were affected by the mid-August rains.
Mr Frederick Foo, CHARIS’ director of operations, went to the Caritas Philippines office in Manila on Sept 23 to take stock of the supplies which had arrived the previous day and joined staff there in repacking them for distribution.
The following day, the supplies – comprising blankets, tarpaulin sheets and mosquito nets – were distributed to about 700 families in Calamba City in the province.
Five water purifiers were given to the St Pablo Diocesan Social Action Centre.
The centre “is now able to respond to crisis situations where clean water is needed”, said Mr Foo. The water “can produce 1,000 litres of clean water per hour. This will help to reduce numbers falling sick or contracting skin problems”.