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Philippine bishops' to implement EU-backed humanitarian project

Program is aimed at strengthening church's capacity to respond to disasters

October 12, 2016

The social action secretariat of the Philippine bishops' conference will implement the Partnership for Building Capacities in Humanitarian Action, a program aimed at strengthening the church's capacity to respond to disasters.
The program, which is supported by the European Union, will be implemented in 11 dioceses around the country to improve the "technical skills and competence" of church workers in responding to emergencies.
Father Edwin Gariguez, executive secretary of the social action secretariat, said the program is expected to boost the church's capacity in volunteer management.
"This is a welcome development in the humanitarian work we are doing together with the social action network of the different dioceses," said Father Gariguez.
The priest said the program is in line with the Philippine church's roadmap for sustainability and resiliency, which aims to build the capacity of the social action network in mainstreaming resiliency and providing humanitarian response to people affected by disasters. 
The program will be implemented in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Nepal in partnership with various local Caritas units in Europe, and the regional office of Caritas Asia. 
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