CBCP mobilizes local churches to help
farmers affected by El Niño in Mindanao

March 20 2016 1:00 PM

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has mobilized the faithful in local churches in Mindanao to address the effects of the El Nino weather phenomenon by helping affected farmers there.

Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles said this involves having the faithful help affected farmers, many of whom may go hungry due to the droughts.

“Ang solusyon diyan ay hindi naman magagawan ng paraan ng pamahalaan na maglagay ng tubig maliban dun sa low range. Ang panawagan natin ay magtulungan ang mga tao dahil matindi talaga ang init diyan, hindi natin asahan ang gobyerno lalo na ng tutulong sa mga mahihirap,” Arguelles, who chairs the CBCP Permanent Committee on Public Affairs, said on Church-run Radyo Veritas.

He said government cannot be trusted to help affected farmers by itself.

Because of this, he said the Church and non-government organizations should band together to help those affected by El Nino.

“Dapat ang simbahan at non–government organization magtulungan, wala akong tiwala sa gobyerno para sila pa nga ang nagke–create ng mga ganitong climate changes. Wala akong panawagan sa gobyerno sapagka’t ang alam yan hindi lang elite kundi wala talagang pagmamahal yan sa mga mahihirap. Panawagan ko sa lahat ng sambayanan na damayan itong iba,” he said.

Radyo Veritas cited data from the Department of Agriculture showing droughts brought by El Nino had caused P4.7 billion in damage to crops.

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