CBCP head: ‘Want to help Yolanda victims? Listen first’

Evangelizzazione dei Popoli e Giustizia e Pace

haiyanMANILA, Jan. 30, 2014— The head of the Catholic bishops’ leadership is telling the world to say less and listen more to the needs of the typhoon Yolanda survivors.

Speaking to reporters yesterday, CBCP President and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas said that the victims need a listening ear for their charity needs.

He said it is not enough that humanitarian agencies provide the victims with relief goods or shelter. “It must be respectful of the feelings of the people,” Villegas said.

“They must be consulted first and heard. If they prefer building materials, let it be. If they prefer that houses be constructed, let’s do it. Let us be sensitive to their feelings,” he said.

“We give not for a position of higher viewpoint but for a position of equality between benefactors and beneficiaries,” said Villegas.

The archbishop cited, for instance, his archdiocese’s housing program for typhoon victims from Eastern…

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