Caritas Manila warns public against fake typhoon donation drives

Photo courtesy of Caritas Manila FB page. 

QUEZON CITY, Nov. 17 (PIA) -- The lead social service and development ministry of the Catholic Church in the Philippines, Caritas Manila, warns the public against scammers using its name to raise money supposedly for victims of recent calamities. 

Caritas Manila executive director Fr. Anton Pascual warned, some unscrupulous individuals are posing as Caritas workers and are asking for "donations."

Beware of fake donation drives. Let’s help our fellow Filipinos and not take advantage of the calamity. Keep spreading the charity virus,” said Fr. Pascual.

According to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), the charitable agency is currently gathering aid for the victims of typhoons ‘Rolly’ and ‘Ulysses’ that devastated several parts of the country.

Meanwhile, Caritas Manila also announced that its Covid-19 charity response in partnership with “Project Ugnayan” has reached P1.7 billion.

Project Ugnayan is a fund-raising initiative led by the country’s leading corporations and business families in cooperation with the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation. It is headed by Ayala Corporation President and COO Fernando Zobel de Ayala.

The project tapped the vast network of parishes and volunteers under Caritas Manila to distribute gift vouchers that can be redeemed in nearby groceries to challenged communities in Metro Manila and nearby areas.

As of September, over P1.3 billion worth of gift certificates has been given out to 1.3 million poor households in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite and Laguna. This benefitted 1,909,153 families or 9,611,835 individuals.

Caritas Manila also gave out an additional P318 million worth of food and non-food items to vulnerable groups and service frontliners.

To support Caritas Manila, you can donate to Account Name: Caritas Manila, Inc. to the following peso savings accounts: BDO 000-5600-45905; BPI 3063-5357-01; and Metrobank 175-3-17506954-3.

For dollar deposits, BPI savings account 3064-0033-55 or USHARE Unionbank savings account 3064-0033. Donations are also accepted via Paypal and all Cebuana Lhuillier branches.

Fr. Pascual also noted that their official fundraising partners are also using the same bank details and not their personal accounts.

The non-profit organization is geared towards total human development, poverty alleviation and the creation of a Christian community with a strong social conscience. (CBCP/Caritas Manila/PIA-NCR



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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