Auxiliary Bishop Ruben Labajo leads the blessing and inauguration of Cebu Caritas’ shelter project in Argao, Cebu on April 10, 2023. CEBU CARITAS

By CBCP News

April 13, 2023

Manila, Philippines

Dozens of families in Cebu province’s Argao town now have their own homes.

The social action arm of the Archdiocese of Cebu on April 10 turned over 65 core transitional shelters to beneficiaries in at least five villages.

“In our times, the work of the Church through Cebu Caritas and Parish Caritas of the parishes is proof of the living God,” said Auxiliary Bishop Ruben Labajo in his homily during the occasion.

The family-beneficiaries are parishioners of the Parroquia de San Isidro Labrador, the youngest parish in the archdiocese.

“We see here sharing and giving. The world is nice when it learns how to share,” said Mayor Allan Sesaldo of Argao.

“Project Balay Caritas gives us an opportunity to have a better quality of life and dignity,” he added.

Also among those present during their occasion were Cebu Caritas president Fr. Alex Cola Jr, Cebu Caritas program director Fr. Alden John Baran, Cansuje parish priest Fr. Dindo Yosores.

The six million-peso shelter project was implemented through the funding from Caritas Germany and Tanging Yaman Foundation.

Dubbed “Balay Caritas”, the project is part of the Church’s ongoing emergency response and rehabilitation for the victims of typhoon Odette.

On Feb. 14, 2023, Cebu Caritas turned over 100 core progressive shelters and 35 core transitional shelters in Boljoon, Cebu.


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