Catholic Schools to open as shelter for the homeless and street dwellers

Responding to the call of the Catholic Church to extend help to the poor families who suffer from the effect of the pandemic brought about by COVID-19, the parochial schools in the Archdiocese of Manila will open its doors to shelter the homeless and the street dwellers.

In a letter sent to parents and partners of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Manila Educational System (RCAM-ES) Schools by Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila, he expressed his gratitude to all the school directors who opened its doors to shelter those poor families who have nowhere to go because of the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.

“We laud this gesture of our school directors to provide quarters to the homeless and street dwellers, and health workers where they can be safe and secure,” Bishop Pabillo said.

Among the parochial schools who will open their facilities as temporary shelters to the homeless and street dwellers during the enhanced community quarantine period in Luzon are Malate Catholic School, Espiritu Santo Parochial Schools, and Holy Trinity Academy.

According to Bishop Pabillo, Paco Catholic School “accommodated the homeless families under the care of Fr. Luke Mortgart, CICM” and “The Nazarene Catholic School will soon accommodate the health workers from San Lazaro Hospital.”

He also added that Fr. Flavie Villanueva who heads the Arnold Janssen KALINGA Center is coordinating the transfer of the homeless to the schools where they can be taken care of. The Center and its volunteers he said, will “provide for the basic needs of those who are taking shelter at the said schools.”

Bishop Pabillo assured the parents and partners of RCAM-ES that the school will follow safety precautions from the Department of Health and World Health Organizations to prevent the transmission of the virus. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

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