MANILA – The Archbishop of Manila, Cardinal José Advincula, on Friday called for solidarity with those affected by Typhoon Odette.
In an interview with Radio Veritas, Advincula urged Filipinos to unite to meet the needs of people in Visayas and Mindanao and show the true spirit of Christmas.
“We are with you as you rise, as you face a new morning; I urge all to sympathize and take care of our brothers and sisters who have been devastated by the storm, help them to recover and start over, ”he said.
At the same time, the Cardinal reminded the victims that the birth of Jesus was a sign of God’s solidarity with every suffering and experience of humanity.
“Jesus came to our world as Emmanuel. God appeared to the world in the form of a baby – weak and small. It is a reminder to us that God is with us, God is by our side especially in the times when we seem to have no strength, we have no hope, we have no adversary. Our God is Emmanuel, “he said.
The head of the Archdiocese of Manila also prayed for the strength of each victim of the storm as well as the immediate recovery with the help of the Lord Jesus who was born to give new hope to every citizen.
“Christmas presents are the promise of a new beginning, of a new morning, of a new hope. This is what each Christmas brings. The dawn from above will rise on us to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death and to guide our steps on the path of peace, ”he said.
Advincula had previously ordered a second collection throughout the archdiocese for the victims of Typhoon Odette.
Help for typhoon victims
Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday received various in-kind donations from the Coalition of Lingkod Bayan Support Groups and Force Multipliers at an awards ceremony at Camp Crame in Quezon City.
In accordance with its mission and functions, the PNP, through the Community Affairs and Police Development Group (PCADG), in collaboration with the Office of the Acting Chief of Staff (OTACDS) and the Directorate of Police Relations with the Community (DPCR), received donations for the BARANGAYanihan Help and Food Bank which will be distributed as part of relief operations in areas affected by Typhoon Odette attacks in different parts of the country.
PNP Deputy Chief for Administration Lt. Gen. Joselito Vera Cruz extended the gratitude of PNP chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos to the multisectoral group.
“Founding this strong partnership with multisectoral advocacy support groups guided by both whole-community and whole-government approaches has enabled greater empowerment and greater integration of resources and further establishes a greater position of resilience through a common understanding of the community’s needs towards peaceful, progressive and sustainable development of our country, ”added Vera Cruz.
Donated goods and in-kind supplies will be transported through a relief mission to areas devastated by Typhoon Odette in Visayas and Mindanao. (with Lloyd Caliwan / ANP)