On January 2018, Catholic churches from Cavite raise funds for Marawi City’s rehabilitation program. It was on October 17 last year when President Rodrigo Duterte declared the liberation of Marawi City from the five – month long siege of the terrorist Maute and Abu Sayyaf. The attack brought about the displacement of more than 200,000 residents.
Since then, the government and other agencies including religious sects have been keen on planning and raising funds for rehabilitation programs of the city.
Raising funds for “adopt a community” Marawi rehabilation program
Catholic churches in Cavite are raising funds for its “adopt a community” program in Marawi City.
The Diocese of Imus has donated an amount of P750,000 out of the church’s emergency and calamity fund as an immediate response to calls for help. 80 parishes composed the said diocese which is led by Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista.
Aside from this, San Roque parish in Cavite City had raised P814,160. The P500,000 of it came from church projects which church officials decided to suspend or forego; the remaining amount came from individual donations. According to its parish priest Fr. Dominador Medina who is also a project proponent, they were aiming to raise around P20 million to fund the program for residents displaced by war. Moreover, Fr. Medina reportedly says he wanted the fundraising “sustained and long – range.”
Furthermore, he states thatthe funds would be surged through Marawi Bishop Edwin dela Peña.
“(The reconstruction of) the infrastructure, we leave it up to the government. What we want to focus on are the livelihood and psychological (recovery of the people),” reportedly added Medina.