Yolanda survivors, environment still cry for help – Diocese of Borongan
MANILA, Philippines — The Diocese of Borongan in Eastern Samar has called on Filipinos to “redouble efforts” to support and help the survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan), which whipped parts of the Visayas and Luzon ten years ago.
It likewise pushed for initiatives against environmental degradation.
“We have come a long way since that tragic day, but the journey towards full recovery is not yet complete. Many are still struggling to rebuild their homes, livelihoods, and lives,” Borongan Bishop Crispin Varquez said in a circular issued on Wednesday.
“As a diocese, let us redouble our efforts to support and accompany those who are still on their journey. Let us offer our time, resources, and skills to help our brothers and sisters stand on their feet again,” he added.
Sustainability, environmental protection
Varquez also called for the public’s commitment to sustainable pro-environment practices, as the super typhoon, he stressed, was a reminder that the planet needs urgent care.
“Climate change poses a significant threat to our planet and its most vulnerable inhabitants. Let us commit ourselves to sustainable practices and advocate for policies that protect the environment and promote justice for all,” he said.
“Let us support initiatives of our Diocese in our advocacy against environmental degradation,” he added.
Varquez announced that on November 29–30, the Dioceses of Borongan, Catarman, Calbayog, Palo, and Naval will hold the Island Wide Jericho Walk to be held in Guiuan as a prayer and cry against irresponsible mining in Eastern Visayas.
10 years ago…
Yolanda, which hit Eastern Visayas on November 8, 2013, claimed at least 6,340 lives, while 1,800 remain missing in Eastern, Central, and Western Visayas.
The estimated damage to infrastructure, property, and agriculture in the three Visayan regions was pegged at P95.4 billion, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
Prayers, heroes, rebuilding lives
Varquez likewise reminded the public to continuously pray for those who lost their lives and survivors who are trying to rebuild their lives.
“Let us remember, pray, and honor the lives of those who perished during Supertyphoon Yolanda. Let us pray for their eternal rest and for the comfort and strength of their families. May their memory remind us of the preciousness of life and the urgency of caring for our brothers and sisters,” he said.
He also recalled the “countless acts of heroism and selflessness” during the calamity.
“We express our deepest gratitude to all those who extended a helping hand during our darkest hours,” Varquez said.