Churches in VisMin Open for Evacuation Due to Severe Tropical Storm Odette

VisMin Churches Open for Evacuation Due to Severe Tropical Storm Odette

The priests in Visayas and Mindanao announced that the churches will be open for evacuation due to Severe Tropical Storm Odette.

According to Rev. Fr. Denish Ilogon, director of Social Action Center in Diocese of Surigao, the churches are preparing for the possible devastation of Odette in the country. They are open for evacuees affected by the storm.

The religious organization also reminded the parish priests to immediately report if there are residents needing an immediate help or assistance. The church facilities will serve as extension of evacuation centers.


“Instruction natin na ipagamit ang mga facilities ng mga parokya sakaling kailangan na additional evacuation center lalo na kung may request from the LGU’s. Yun mga Parish Priest at mga point peson tinawagan na natin para mag –report agad sila if may makita sila na kailangan ng tulong sa lugar nila.” Fr. Ilogon said.

The priest from the Archdiocese of Cagayan De Oro conduct a meeting to make a plan and preparation for the possible flooding in the area.

CDOs Archdiocese social action director Rev. Fr. Bong Galas said that the province is currently experiencing heavy rains prompting several agencies to declare work suspension.


Fr. Galas is also hoping that Odette will not cause severe damage to the province because the residents were still traumatized by Severe Tropical Storm Sendong in 2011 and Typhoon Pablo in 2012.

The priest also explained that it has been already a practice of Churches to accommodate evacuees needing shelter amid a natural calamity.

“It’s been our practice po na kapag may bagyo ang mga Simbahan natin available po at yun mga centers natin welcome ang mga [need] mag-shelter,” Galas said.

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