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ANCOP Regina engages with families in Albay

Despite the threat posed by the continuing eruptions and lava flow of Mt. Mayon, delegates from Holy Child Parish in Saskatchewan, Canada, led by CFC ANCOP Regina, shared their time and gave hope to the residents of Tabaco City, Albay through an immersion from February 19-22, 2018.

 

The delegates, on their first day, celebrated joy with the new 27 home partners in CFC ANCOP Canada Saskatchewan Community through a turn over ceremony. One of the home partners, 41-year-old Letty Patricio, whose house stands within the 6-km danger zone in Tabaco, shared their current situation and struggles.

 

She said, “Mahirap ang aming kalagayan. Una sa lahat, kami ay napilitang umalis sa aming tirahan at lumipat sa evacuation center. Naiwan din ang aming kabuhayan at mga alagang hayop sa bukirin upang kami ay makalikas.” (Our situation is really difficult. We had to flee from our home and move to an evacuation center, forcing us to leave our livelihood and livestock.)

 

Letty, along with other families, face not just the threat of the Mayon eruption. They are also unsure whether or not they still have a home to return to. Although they found a temporary shelter through the evacuation centers, daily survival has been a challenge.

 

On the other hand, Lorna Broncate, 59, and her husband, 61, also evacuees, expressed their joy when they were blessed with a new home through CFC ANCOP. Lorna said, “Kami po ay palaging sa Diyos kumakapit kahit sa oras ng ginhawa o kagipitan. Laking biyaya na kami ay napabilang sa komunidad at nabigyan pa ng pabahay. Lalo po naming titibayan ang aming debosyon sa Panginoon bilang kabahagi ng CFC, sampu ng aming pamilya.” (We always held on to the Lord whether it is in good times or bad. It is a blessing that we became part of this community and were awarded a new home. As a family, we will strive to remain faithful to the Lord, being members of CFC.)


The delegates also spent their time conducting relief operations and having fellowship with the families at the ANCOP site. ANCOP Regina Coordinators, Greg and Chelo Ravasco, along with the former parish priest of Holy Child Parish in Regina, Canada, Fr. Dan Dan Rafael, brought not just bags of goods from parishioners in Canada, but also hope to CFC brethren who were affected by the volcanic activities in Albay.

 

The immersion ended with the team finding fulfillment in not just being instruments of hope and light, but an extension of God’s love and care to the residents. (Diana Mendoza)

Added on Monday, March 12, 2018


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