Caritas Manila initiates ‘green’ relief

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MANILA, August 13, 2012— A Catholic Church-based relief agency is helping those devastated by floods in a “green” way to save the environment.

Caritas Manila, the social action arm of the Manila archdiocese, has avoided using plastic bags for relief goods.

Instead, the agency is using relief bags made of maong and recycled “katcha” cloth from flour sacks, said Fr. Anton Pascual, Caritas Manila executive director.

“We are trying to avoid plastics so we made around 10,000 relief bags since January made of recycled katcha,” Pascual said.

Contained in the relief pack are supplies for a family with at least five members and good for up to four days. These include canned goods, rice, potable water, medicines and first aid kit.

“We are trying to modify it now so that we can help more people because there are thousands of victims,” he said.

So far, he added, around 23,000 families from Metro Manila and nearby provinces were given immediate assistance.

“As of yesterday, Caritas Damayan has distributed around 20,000 relief bags and hygiene kits in Metro Manila composed of six dioceses,” said Pascual said.

He also called on “good Samaritans” to help those who are still in various evacuation centers in the Diocese of Pasig.

Pascual said those who want to help could contact Radyo Veritas at 925-79-32 to 39 or Caritas Manila at 564-0205, 563-9311, and 562-0020 up to 25.

He also said that cash donations may be deposited at Caritas Manila’s BPI Savings Account No. 3063-5357-01; BDO SA 5600-45905; Metrobank SA 175-3-17506954-3 or USD Bank Accounts: BPI no. 3064-0033-55(swift code PNB MPH MM).

To date, Caritas Manila has received at least P3 million cash donations and P.5 million worth of in-kind donations. [CBCPNews]

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