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Philippine Catholic church to strengthen disaster response

World2018-01-03

By APD writer Melo M. Acuna CARCAR CITY, CEBU, Jan. 3, (APD) - Davao Archbishop and Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines president Romulo G. Valles said the social action arm of the church will further be strengthened to immediately respond to natural calamities which have beset the country. In an interview, the 66-year-old archbishop said the Catholic church should respond the the impact of climate change which has manifested its effects in the Visayas and Mindanao island groups in central and southern Philippines. “There are even families in Davao City who are temporarily staying at evacuation centers,” he said. He also expressed appreciation for the response both government and faith-based groups have extended to Marawi City residents who have been displaced by five months of intermittent fighting between Maute terrorists and govenrment forces and now facing inclement weather. Meanwhile, Archbishop Valles said communication lines between the govenrment and the Catholic church remain open. The prelate and President Rodrigo Duterte both come from Davao City. The chief executive’s immediate staff come from Davao City. “We will continue to engage the government on matters of importance to Filipinos,” he added. Archbishop Valles assumed the leadership of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines last December 1,2017. (ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

By APD writer Melo M. Acuna

CARCAR CITY, CEBU, Jan. 3, (APD) - Davao Archbishop and Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines president Romulo G. Valles said the social action arm of the church will further be strengthened to immediately respond to natural calamities which have beset the country.

In an interview, the 66-year-old archbishop said the Catholic church should respond the the impact of climate change which has manifested its effects in the Visayas and Mindanao island groups in central and southern Philippines.

“There are even families in Davao City who are temporarily staying at evacuation centers,” he said. He also expressed appreciation for the response both government and faith-based groups have extended to Marawi City residents who have been displaced by five months of intermittent fighting between Maute terrorists and govenrment forces and now facing inclement weather.

Meanwhile, Archbishop Valles said communication lines between the govenrment and the Catholic church remain open. The prelate and President Rodrigo Duterte both come from Davao City. The chief executive’s immediate staff come from Davao City.

“We will continue to engage the government on matters of importance to Filipinos,” he added.

Archbishop Valles assumed the leadership of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines last December 1,2017.

(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

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