St. Joseph Shrine in Partido helps PWD

SAN JOSE, Camarines Sur --- Some 200 individuals, mostly persons with disability (PWD) in 16 villages here have benefited from the relief operation of the Archdiocesan Shrine of Saint Joseph on Apr. 28 and 29 as part of the church’s mission to help residents affected by the imposition of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).


FOOD PACKS. Members of the Archdiocesan Shrine of St. Joseph prepare the food packs for distribution to persons with disability (PWD) in Partido area. The church’s relief operation was conducted Apr. 28 and 29.


Rev. Fr. Joseph Wilfred V. Almoneda, the shrine’s rector, said that although the Church is also affected by the prevailing situation, it will continue to provide compassion and service to those who are in need.

He lauded the generous benefactors who funded the purchase of prime commodities, which were distributed to beneficiaries of the relief operation.

Among the individuals and groups who donated to the activity were: Caritas-Caceres Naga through Rev. Fr. Marc Real; his US-based friends, the Napoles and Orbita families; Ms. Dolly Dizon of Washington D.C.; Rafael Esturas; Mr. Greggy Israel; Neil Beluang; Mr. and Mrs. Polo Magat; Baye Fuentebella; Panky Dizon; and Dr. Ata Sotto.

The activity was coordinated with the local government units (LGU) in compliance with existing ECQ protocols.

The relief distribution was managed by the parish Gilean Ministry, the church ministry that is in charge of providing spiritual nourishment and material needs of PWD.

People who are classified as PWD were chosen as recipients of this outreach project, because they are considered one of the most vulnerable to Covid 19 virus aside from being incapacitated to work, a Gilean member said.