Over 100 Pandacan jeepney drivers get aid from Manila church
By Ferdinand Patinio
MANILA – The Santo Niño de Pandacan Parish has proven that the tragedy it experienced will not hinder it from helping the needy amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) health crisis.
Caritas Manila executive director, Rev. Fr. Anton Pascual, said the parish was able to provide goods to over 100 jeepney drivers, plying the route around the Pandacan area.
′′It’s already burned, our beloved patron of Saint Niño helps; we thank God that God used us again to give relief to our jeepney drivers; we are an instrument of Saint Niño to help drivers,” he said in an interview over Church-run Radio Veritas on Saturday.
The jeepney drivers each received 10 kilos of rice, canned goods, and medicines, among others.
Pascual added that the project is targeting to assist some 10,000 jeepney drivers in Metro Manila.
Pascual said Caritas Manila, the social action arm of the Archdiocese of Manila, would also like to help the jeepney drivers to organize a cooperative for their livelihood and also acquire modern jeepneys in connection with the government’s transport modernization program.
Meanwhile, Rev. Fr. Sanny de Claro, parish priest of the Santo Niño de Pandacan thanked Caritas Manila for helping them organize the event.
“We thank Caritas Manila for the great things they do in the community; you let us heal also because part of the healing process is to help those who are in need,” he added.
De Claro also said they continue to appeal to the people for them to help rebuild the church, which was gutted by fire last July 10.
The fire also destroyed the more than 400-year-old image of the child Jesus housed in the parish.
Caritas Manila assured the leadership of Santo Niño de Pandacan parish of financial assistance until the church has been rebuilt. (PNA)