UCA News

Philippines

Philippine diocese donates fish to homeless

Sorsogon Diocese embarks on a mission to feed the homeless and Covid-19 fighters

Support Asia's largest network of Catholic journalists and editors
Support Asia's largest network of Catholic journalists and editors
Philippine diocese donates fish to homeless

A boy collects leftover herring from a fishing vessel in Manila Bay. Sorsogon Diocese has donated two tons of fish to Manila’s homeless during the Covid-19 lockdown. (Photo: Ted Aljibe/AFP)

 

Share this article :
Sorsogon Diocese in the Philippines delivered two tons of fish to a national shrine in Manila on May 10 to feed the homeless and health workers in the country’s capital, where 83 percent of coronavirus cases have been recorded.

The fish will be distributed to several communities in Manila with the highest number of Covid-19 cases.

The aid is part of a food assistance program called “Isda sa Bawat Hapag” (Fish for every table) launched by the church’s social arm Caritas to aid feeding programs in Manila parishes.

The project is a joint effort of Sorsogon Diocese and local fishermen.

“One of Caritas’ partners is a group of fishermen from Bulan whose houses were destroyed by a typhoon. We helped them with food packs, shelter and bought them a boat. The fish that we’ve been given is a donation from this group,” said Father George Fajardo, head of Caritas in Sorsogon Diocese.

Fajardo said Caritas provided capital and food for fishermen who in return gave their catch to the diocese. Local fish merchants also donated their fish.

Sorsogon is a coastal province south of Manila known for its beaches and fishing industry. It is one of the biggest suppliers of sea food in Luzon, the country’s biggest and most populous island.

“Fish will be distributed to virus frontliners and to poor families [in Manila] ... May this humble sharing of blessing bring joy and hope to those families in need in this time of adversity,” Caritas Sorsogon said in a social media post.

As of May 10, the Philippines had recorded 10,794 Covid-19 cases with 719 deaths, according to government figures

Meanwhile, church groups have joined calls to save ABS-CBN, the Philippines’ largest broadcasting network.

The network, which was often criticized by Philippine President Rodrigo Dutrte, was shut down by the government on May 5 after its franchise expired. Critics called the move an attack on press freedom.

The Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines, together with the Episcopal Commission on the Laity, published statements defending press freedom and due process of law.

“Defy fear. Courage ... we call on the elected leaders of this country to uphold and guarantee the people’s constitutional rights,” said the association of religious superiors.

“We are calling on all LAIKO [lay] members to rally in prayer calling on God, who is benevolent and full of compassion, to intervene.” 

Support UCA News...

As 2020 unfolds, we are asking readers like you to help us keep Union of Catholic Asian News (UCA News) free so it can be accessed from anywhere in the world at no cost.

That has been our policy for years and was made possible by donations from European Catholic funding agencies. However, like the Church in Europe, these agencies are in decline and the immediate and urgent claims on their funds for humanitarian emergencies in Africa and parts of Asia mean there is much less to distribute than there was even a decade ago.

Forty years ago, when UCA News was founded, Asia was a very different place - many poor and underdeveloped countries with large populations to feed, political instability and economies too often poised on the edge of collapse. Today, Asia is the economic engine room of the world and funding agencies quite rightly look to UCA News to do more to fund itself.

UCA News has a unique product developed from a view of the world and the Church through informed Catholic eyes. Our journalistic standards are as high as any in the quality press; our focus is particularly on a fast-growing part of the world - Asia - where, in some countries the Church is growing faster than pastoral resources can respond to - South Korea, Vietnam and India to name just three.

And UCA News has the advantage of having in its ranks local reporters that cover 22 countries and experienced native English-speaking editors to render stories that are informative, informed and perceptive.

We report from the ground where other news services simply can't or won't go. We report the stories of local people and their experiences in a way that Western news outlets simply don't have the resources to reach. And we report on the emerging life of new Churches in old lands where being a Catholic can at times be very dangerous.

With dwindling support from funding partners in Europe and the USA, we need to call on the support of those who benefit from our work.

Click here to find out the ways you can support UCA News. You can make a difference for as little as US$5...
UCAN Donate
YOUR DAILY
NEWSLETTER
Thank you. You are now signed up to our Daily Full Bulletin newsletter
 
Support UCA News

William J. Grimm, MM

Publisher

Union of Catholic Asian News

"As Pope Francis has said, we live not so much in an era of change as in a change of era. That is especially true in Asia and for the churches of Asia. UCA News is the dedicated, Asia-wide news and information service for the Church in Asia and we need your help to maintain the service."