My dear people of God:
In this moment of grief due to the destruction that typhoon Yolanda brought to our brothers and sisters in Samar and Leyte, we must come together to pray and put together our material resources to rush aid to the suffering brethren in those provinces.
All the Masses in the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan from November 11 to 19 must be offered for the typhoon victims especially for the souls who died.
There must be a second collection in all Masses these nine days to help in the relief and rehabilitation of Samar. Please remit the donations right away to the Chancery. The faithful may be encouraged to make a direct bank deposit to this account:
RCALD Calamity Fund
Bank of the Philippine Islands, Dagupan Perez Branch
Account Number 9981-0006-22 Swift Code BOPI PHMM.
In order to maximize and expedite the use of our limited resources, all our relief goods and cash donations will be sent directly to Saint Mary’s Academy in Guiuan, Eastern Samar. I have established an agreement with Mother Ma. Evelyn Aguilar, RVM Superior General to insure swift transmission of relief food to the most needy within the next days.
On a longer range, we shall adopt the same Guiuan community for future rehabilitation assistance like re-building shelter and starting livelihood opportunities again. Christ is in need. Christ is suffering. Whatever we do to the poor in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, we do to Christ. Thank you.
+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS
Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan