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SUPERTYPHOON 'YOLANDA': WHAT HAPPENED BEFORE
[RELATED: 200,000 ‘Yolanda’ victims still waiting for housing aid - DSWD Sec Taguiwalo]


OCTOBER 25 -A typhoon survivor stands on rubbish in Tacloban, central Philippines on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. AP FILE PHOTO 
At least 16 million people in 44 provinces were affected when Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) struck the Visayas on Nov. 8, 2013. Yolanda, the world’s strongest typhoon to hit land, packed sustained winds of 315 kilometers per hour. It left 6,300 dead, mostly by drowning, 28,689 injured and 1,062 missing. More than 1 million families, or about 5.13 million people, were evacuated at the height of the typhoon, which damaged 1.14 million houses. Total cost of damage was placed at P95.5 billion. The government’s P160-billion reconstruction master plan approved in November 2014 calls for 205,000 new homes for roughly 1 million people to be built in areas away from coastal danger zones. READ MORE...RELATED,
200,000 ‘Yolanda’ victims still waiting for housing aid - DSWD Sec Taguiwalo...
 
ALSO: ‘Lawin’ affected almost 1M persons
[ALSO: Duterte to ARMM: I want the incidence of hunger in ARMM stopped]
(Marawi execs bares top gains from Duterte's comprehensive reform in 1st 100 days)


OCTOBER 25 -Nearly one million individuals were affected by super typhoon ‘Lawin’ that struck Northern Luzon on Wednesday last week.
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Judy Taguiwalo gave this figure in the press briefing in Malacañang on Monday with Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol. She identified Cordillera as the area with the most number of affected families.At least 992,179 individuals were affected by the typhoon in this region. “We are still continuing with our relief programs. We are particularly concerned with Kalinga-Apayao and Central Luzon,” she reported. DSWD has initially distributed P 5,000 to disaster victims. READ MORE...ALSO, Duterte to ARMM: I want the incidence of hunger stopped...

ALSO: DSWD recants: We need aid after all
[RELATED: Typhoon Lawin victims get P90-M in relief assistance from China; other agencies]
[RELATED(2) UPDATE OCT 30: Aid pours in to Lawin-affected areas; (USAID) said yesterday 745 metric tons of relief items would be sent to typhoon-hit areas.]


OCTOBER 25 -HARDEST HIT. PhilHealth employees repack bags of sugar for distribution to affected families of powerful Typhoon ‘Lawin’ in Tuguegarao City Sunday, only hours after President Duterte visited typhoon victims there and led the distribution of relief in the province, now under a state of calamity, before he went to Ilagan in nearby Isabela. Presidential Photo
SOCIAL Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said Monday the government was not closing its doors to foreign aid after her Facebook post denouncing the need for receiving aid from other countries went viral.  “I would like to apologize if my comment sounded like we no longer need foreign aid,” Taguiwalo told reporters. “We were able to address the needs of the victims before and during [the typhoons] “Karen” and “Lawin.” We were able to help them immediately. “We welcome foreign aid based on our needs and it should come without any condition. We are thankful to our friends, the individuals, organizations and other countries which are willing to help.” READ MORE...RELATED,
Typhoon Lawin victims get P90-M in relief assistance from China... RELATED, Aid pours in to Lawin-affected areas...

ALSO: Vatican says, ashes in urns should be buried in sacred place, not scattered or kept at home
[RELATED:
NAIA ready for influx of passengers ahead of All Saints’ Day]


OCTOBER 27 -A man holds an urn at a funeral parlor in Rome, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. The Vatican on Tuesday published guidelines for Catholics who want to be cremated, saying their remains cannot be scattered, divvied up or kept at home but rather stored in a sacred, church-approved place. AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino
MANILA, Philippines – Ahead of the celebration of All Souls’ Day next week, the Vatican yesterday issued new guidelines on cremation that say ashes of the dead should be buried in cemeteries and other sacred places. The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith reiterated that the Church does not oppose cremation, but it insisted on the “long-held view” that ashes of the deceased should be buried properly, not kept in private homes or scattered on land and sea. READ MORE...RELATED, NAIA ready for influx of passengers ahead of All Saints’ Day
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ALSO: Prayers for ‘undas?’ Go online, CBCP advises OFWs
[RELATED: All Saints Day 2016 and 2017]


OCTOBER 27 -Screengrab from www.undasonline.com 
Using a mouse and clicking on it on the internet, Filipinos overseas can visit a virtual memorial park and offer prayers for their dearly departed on All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day—courtesy of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). The CBCP has relaunched its “undas” website (www.undasonline.com) that accepts prayer requests from millions of Filipinos scattered across the globe. Filipinos abroad “For those who cannot make it to [their] parishes, especially Filipinos in other countries or the seafarers, [they] may request for Masses to be celebrated for [their] beloved dead,” said Msgr. Pedro Quitorio, CBCP Media Office director. In a CBCPNews post, visitors just have to click the “Prayer Request” button and list down the names of their departed loved ones. For their intentions, Masses will be held starting Nov. 1 at the CBCP chapel in Intramuros, Manila. READ MORE...RELATED, All Saints Day 2016 and 2017...(MORE UNDAS NEWS UPDATES NEXT PAGES....


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WHAT WENT BEFORE: Supertyphoon ‘Yolanda’


A typhoon survivor stands on rubbish in Tacloban, central Philippines on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. AP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, OCTOBER 31, 2016 (INQUIRER) 02:36 AM October 25, 2016 - At least 16 million people in 44 provinces were affected when Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) struck the Visayas on Nov. 8, 2013.

Yolanda, the world’s strongest typhoon to hit land, packed sustained winds of 315 kilometers per hour. It left 6,300 dead, mostly by drowning, 28,689 injured and 1,062 missing.

More than 1 million families, or about 5.13 million people, were evacuated at the height of the typhoon, which damaged 1.14 million houses. Total cost of damage was placed at P95.5 billion.

The government’s P160-billion reconstruction master plan approved in November 2014 calls for 205,000 new homes for roughly 1 million people to be built in areas away from coastal danger zones.

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But only 10 percent, or 20,893 houses, had been built as of March 2016, according to the Community of Yolanda Survivors and Partners, a newly formed alliance of 163 community organizations and nine nongovernment organizations.

According to an investigative report by the Inquirer in 2014, bunkhouses that served as temporary shelters for victims were reported to be overpriced and substandard.

A 24-room bunkhouse cost roughly below P200,000 and not P959,360-the price tag put on it in a Department of Public Works and Highway plan.

Each room measured 8.64 square meters—roughly the size of two Ping-Pong tables—for one family.

The United Nations, in a statement, also said that thousands of survivors remained in shanties without power or water supply. —COMPILED BY INQUIRER RESEARCH SOURCES: INQUIRER ARCHIVES, NDRRMC FINAL REPORT

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RELATED FROM THE INQUIRER

200,000 ‘Yolanda’ victims still waiting for housing aid By: Gil Cabacungan / @inquirerdotnet
Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:40 AM October 25, 2016


Taguiwalo:We are doing our best tomake sure that the Yolanda experience in terms of delayed
provision of emergency shelter assistance should not be repeated. —INQUIRER PHOTO

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has found that at least 200,000 victims of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” have been exluded from the Aquino administration’s emergency shelter assistance (ESA) program because of local politics.

Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said her department had submitted to President Duterte its review of the multibillion-peso donations for victims of Yolanda (international name: Haiyan), including their discriminatory treatment, largely due to their political color.

“The main problem with Yolanda is while we have provided more than one million emergency shelter assistance to the victims, there are around 200,000 claimants who expressed the complaint that they were victims of Yolanda in Region 8 (Eastern Visayas) and Region 6 (Western Visayas) but they were not given the assistance needed,” Taguiwalo said in a briefing in Malacañang on Monday.

“That’s why here in Lawin, we said, emergency shelter assistance should be emergency, not three years, not two years after. So we are doing our best to make sure that the Yolanda experience in terms of delayed provision of emergency shelter assistance should not be repeated,” she added.

Supertyphoon “Lawin” (international name: Haima) slashed across northern Luzon on Wednesday with center winds of 220 kph, leaving several dozen people dead. Some 75,000 people were still in evacuation centers at the weekend.

Yolanda smacked the Visayas on Nov. 8, 2013, with powerful peak winds of 315 kph, the world’s strongest on record to hit land. The monster typhoon killed more than 6,000 people and rendered homeless 16 million people in 44 provinces.

Cash assistance

The DSWD report on Yolanda donations, to be released before the third anniversary of the storm, was undertaken on the request of farmers and fisherfolk still looking for their promised homes. She said the investigation did not cover the donations coursed through private entities.

A Panay-based group of Yolanda survivors, Kusog sang Pumuluyo, cited Memorandum Circular No. 24 issued by former Social Welfare Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman that excluded thousands of potential beneficiaries.

Under the memorandum, survivors whose houses were destroyed or damaged were ineligible to receive cash aid if their families had monthly incomes of more than P15,000 and if they were living in areas tagged as danger zones.

Survivors who have gotten help from nongovernment sources are also disqualified from ESA, which provides cash grants of P30,000 per family that lost its house to Yolanda and P10,000 per family that needed to repair its damaged house.

Open to investigation

Soliman said she was confident she could defend the department’s record.

“I am open to an investigation and I’m willing to face appropriate authorities with regard to Yolanda funds,” she said when reached for comment.

Taguiwalo said the DSWD report centered on Western and Eastern Visayas, specifically on whether department regulations were complied with.

She said that core shelter assistance was “problematic” because the funds were downloaded in one blow (and not in tranches) even before they secured the land on which the houses would be built.

NOT FAULTFINDING, SAFEGUARD MONEY

“The idea is not really fault-finding. The idea is how do we safeguard the money? So far, one new guideline we have made is the emergency shelter assistance should be given immediately but we need to protect it, you know. We need to ensure that those who are included are the ones qualified. Otherwise, we’ll have problems of inclusion, exclusion. We need to shell out the money now, even a small amount, because if it’s two months after, you know, it will be too late. They need the money now to rebuild the house,” Taguiwalo said.

Unfairly excluded

She said that 200,000 victims were unfairly excluded, especially 100,000 in Leyte and Samar and 81,000 in Panay, because their houses were in danger zones and the local government units were reluctant to fund their relocation.

“Because it went through the local government units and again, there was this unfair treatment. There were people who were victims of Yolanda but who were not part of the political groupings of particular local government officials so they were excluded. We have that a lot,” Taguiwalo said.

“I think, generally, the money has gone to the people but there are cases of irregularities, noncompliance or nonimplementation. But this is a minority. Even then, you know, even if it involves only one municipality, for example, that is unacceptable because this is money given to our people,” Taguiwalo said.

PRESIDENT's ORDER PROMPT AID REGARDLESS OF POLITICAL COLOR

She explained that Mr. Duterte’s marching orders were for “prompt and compassionate assistance for all regardless of political color.”

The Aquino administration was lambasted for politicizing the government relief operations in Tacloban City with then Interior Secretary Mar Roxas summing it all up with his infamous quote—“You are a Romualdez and the President is an Aquino.” He referred to then Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez, a nephew of former first lady Imelda Marcos. —WITH A REPORT FROM DONA Z. PAZZIBUGAN


MANILA STANDARD

‘Lawin’ affected almost 1M persons posted October 24, 2016 at 01:49 pm by Arlene Lim


Nearly one million individuals were affected by super typhoon ‘Lawin’ that struck Northern Luzon on Wednesday last week.

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Judy Taguiwalo gave this figure in the press briefing in Malacañang on Monday with Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol.

She identified Cordillera as the area with the most number of affected families.

At least 992,179 individuals were affected by the typhoon in this region.

“We are still continuing with our relief programs. We are particularly concerned with Kalinga-Apayao and Central Luzon,” she reported.

DSWD has initially distributed P 5,000 to disaster victims.

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Government also plans to give emergency shelter assistance to families hit by the typhoon.

Taguiwalo expects the number of affected persons to rise further.

She warned, floodwaters from Cordillera are currently flowing into the rivers of Central Luzon.

For his part, Piñol estimated that damage to agriculture brought by typhoons Lawin and Karen has reached P 10.2 billion.

Damage to crops and infrastructure in Ilocos Sur alone has been recorded at P 1 billion.

In Isabela, damage to agriculture amounts to about P 1.3 billion.

Apayao has been placed under state of calamity.

Local authorities put the cost of damage to agriculture in this province at P 2 million.

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ALSO FROM GMA NEWS NETWORK

Duterte to ARMM: I want the incidence of hunger stopped Published October 29, 2016 5:05pm By JOHN TED CORDERO, GMA News


LANAO DEL SUR RECEIVES P3-MILLION GRANT TO REHABILITATE PUBLIC MARKET

President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday vowed that he will will improve the situation of the poverty-stricken Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and other areas affected by armed conflict in the southern region.

"I want the incidence of hunger stopped," Duterte said during the launching of the Comprehensive Reform and Development Agenda (CRDA) for ARMM at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex (SKCC) in Cotabato City.

"Gawan natin ng paraan even manlang sa pagkain ng mga bata," the President said, noting that he ordered Social Welfare and Development Secretary Judy Taguiwalo to prioritize Mindanao.

"Ma'am [Taguiwalo] please do something kasi nakita ko, the highest incidence of hunger," he said.

The President also said that the Moro region will have a share of the national wealth.

"You will have your own share of development money," he said. —ALG, GMA News

FROM MINDANAO DEL SUR FOCUS BLOG

COMPREHENSIVE REFORM AND DEVELOPMENT AGENDA TO BE LAUNCHED IN ARMM
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2016


MARAWI EXEC BARES TOP GAINS IN FIRST 100 DAYS

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Oct. 28 (PIA) –Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will launch a program dubbed Comprehensive Reform and Development Agenda (CRDA) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) on Saturday, October 29.

In a press statement from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), the program will help uplift the lives of the residents in the region and other conflict-affected areas in Mindanao.

Areas that will benefit from CRDA are the towns of Jolo (Sulu), Bongao (Tawi-Tawi), and Marawi City (Lanao del Sur), as well as the provinces of Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao.

Aside from ARMM areas, other beneficiaries of the initiative are:
Region 9 – Zamboanga City, Ipil (Zamboanga Sibugay), and Pagadian (Zamboanga del Sur);

Region 10 – Tubod (Lanao del Norte) and Lanao del Norte province; and, Region 12 – Isulan (Sultan Kudarat) and the cities Kidapawan (North Cotabato), Koronadal (South Cotabato) and General Santos City.

Among the programs, projects, and services covered by CRDA are scholarships from TESDA and from the Commission on Higher Education; water projects from the Department of the Interior and Local Government; agricultural machinery, equipment and seedling from the Department of Agriculture; banca, fishing gear and gill nets from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources; supplemental feeding from the Department of Social Welfare and Development; opportunities under the Special Programs and Employment of Students beneficiaries of the Department of Labor and Employment; and distribution of PhilHealth cards.

TESDA Director General Guiling Mamondiong said he has been tasked by the President to coordinate with other agencies in resolving poverty and hunger in Mindanao.

The President earlier urged various government agencies to submit measures on how to ease hunger and poverty in Mindanao.

TESDA is a government agency in charge of making vocational and technical skills training available nationwide. Its objective is to develop a trained workforce thereby providing young Filipinos a better chance at finding employment. TESDA is also one of the 12 government agencies on the forefront of the fight against poverty. (BPI/PIA-10)


MANILA STANDARD

DSWD recants: We need aid after all posted October 25, 2016 at 12:01 am by John Paolo Bencito and Florante S. Solmerin


HARDEST HIT. PhilHealth employees repack bags of sugar for distribution to affected families of powerful Typhoon ‘Lawin’ in Tuguegarao City Sunday, only hours after President Duterte visited typhoon victims there and led the distribution of relief in the province, now under a state of calamity, before he went to Ilagan in nearby Isabela. Presidential Photo

SOCIAL Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said Monday the government was not closing its doors to foreign aid after her Facebook post denouncing the need for receiving aid from other countries went viral.

“I would like to apologize if my comment sounded like we no longer need foreign aid,” Taguiwalo told reporters.

“We were able to address the needs of the victims before and during [the typhoons] “Karen” and “Lawin.” We were able to help them immediately.

“We welcome foreign aid based on our needs and it should come without any condition. We are thankful to our friends, the individuals, organizations and other countries which are willing to help.”

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Taguiwalo made her statement even as the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council appealed to critics to spare it from politics.

“Please spare the NDRRMC from politics because it has no place in disaster and humanitarian efforts,” agency spokeswoman Mina Marasigan told reporters.

“During times of calamities such as typhoons we’re all losers.”

Marasigan issued her statement following persisting questions on how it and the government deal with foreign donors such as the United States, the United Nations and the European Union in view of President Rodrigo Duterte’s animosity to them in connection with their criticism of his war on drugs.

Taguiwalo said the government still welcomed donations from other countries and organizations.

In her post on Monday, Taguiwalo said the government was not soliciting international aid because it had enough funds to address the needs of the affected families, adding her agency would be “color-blind” when it came to helping the needy and poor as instructed by President Rodrigo Duterte.

“To our beloved countrymen, just a few explanation: we are not asking for foreign assistance or donations from other countries for [the victims of] “Karen” or “Lawin” because we saw that the government and its agencies have sufficient funds to address the needs of the affected families,” Taguiwalo said.

“We should not be too dependent on foreign agencies if we could stand on our own feet. If we unite, we could do it.”

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RELATED FROM GMA NEWS NETWORK

Typhoon Lawin victims get P90-M in relief assistance from China Posted on October 25, 2016 by Ron E.J. Carleon


Image from Federal Philippine Facebook page

China has pledged financial assistance amounting to P90-M for the victims of Typhoon Lawin

The aid will be in the form of financial assistance for the relief efforts and agricultural rehabilitation of areas affected

The ASEAN members and Caritas organization around the world have also extended support to the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines is set to receive a total of P90-M in emergency assistance from China for the typhoon victims, this was announced by the Chinese embassy in Manila just days after President Rodrigo Duterte concluded his 4-day visit to Beijing last week.

The pledge includes P35-M for the Philippines’ relief effort for the victims of Typhoon Lawin (Haima) in Northern Luzon, P50-M for agricultural rehabilitation of the areas affected and an additional $100,000 (P4.8-M) from the Red Cross Society of China.

“Up to now, the overall amount of aid from Chinese side is about 90 million pesos,” said a statement from the Chinese embassy on Monday, October 24.

“The Chinese side is confident that under the leadership of President [Rodrigo] Duterte, people in the stricken areas will overcome the calamity and return to their normal work and lives as soon as possible,” the statement added.

The Chinese government, through Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, also sent its sympathies for the recent tragedy that killed at least 8 people and affected nearly 30,000 families in the four Luzon regions. Damage to properties and infrastructure were estimated to have reached P2.53-B as of October 24, 2016.

ASEAN AND CARITAS ORG IN ENGLAND, WALES

Meanwhile, members of the ten-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) have also pledged financial assistance to the Philippines, according to National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center (NDRRMC).

“Yesterday, they called our emergency operation center via Skype. They have extended helping hands to whatever help we need,” said NDRRMC spokesperson Mina Marasigan in an interview with ABS-CBN News.

Also, the Caritas organization around the world have pledged support for the Catholic Church’s own relief efforts for the typhoon-stricken areas.

According to Radio Veritas, help is expected to come from CAFOD (Caritas England and Wales), Caritas Belgium, Caritas New Zealand and Development and Peace (Caritas Canada).

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RELATED(2)  UPDATE FROM PHILSTAR

Aid pours in to Lawin-affected areas (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 30, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines - Assistance from international and local agencies has continued to pour in for victims of Typhoon Lawin.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) said yesterday 745 metric tons of relief items would be sent to typhoon-hit areas.

The assistance includes 75,000 family food packs, blankets, generators, solar lamps, and drinking water.

USAID committed $2 million to the Philippine government from 2013 to this year to improve disaster response.

USAID and the World Food Program said they would support the government, particularly the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), to bolster disaster readiness and enhance access to vital relief materials.

Cagayan, Isabela, Kalinga, Apayao, Ilocos Norte, Mountain Province and Ilocos Sur were placed under a state of calamity due to the damage from Lawin.

The Cagayan information office said tons of relief goods as well as medical teams and rescuers have arrived in the province.

Damage to agriculture and infrastructure due to the typhoon in Cagayan was estimated at P8 billion.

DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said the department also provided up to P30,000 in emergency shelter assistance to families whose houses were either destroyed or damaged by the typhoon.

The Department of Labor and Employment also provided assistance to families of overseas Filipino workers affected by the typhoon.

Private organizations and institutions, local governments and private individuals were among those who responded to calls to assist typhoon victims. – Rainier Allan Ronda, Victor Martin


PHILSTAR

Don’t scatter ashes or keep them at home – Vatican By Sheila Crisostomo (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 27, 2016 - 12:00am 2 5 googleplus0 1


A man holds an urn at a funeral parlor in Rome, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. The Vatican on Tuesday published guidelines for Catholics who want to be cremated, saying their remains cannot be scattered, divvied up or kept at home but rather stored in a sacred, church-approved place. AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino

MANILA, Philippines – Ahead of the celebration of All Souls’ Day next week, the Vatican yesterday issued new guidelines on cremation that say ashes of the dead should be buried in cemeteries and other sacred places.

The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith reiterated that the Church does not oppose cremation, but it insisted on the “long-held view” that ashes of the deceased should be buried properly, not kept in private homes or scattered on land and sea.

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“By burying the bodies of the faithful, the Church confirms her faith in the resurrection of the body, and intends to show the great dignity of the human body as an integral part of the human person whose body forms part of their identity,” the instruction read.

“The reservation of the ashes of the departed in a sacred place ensures that they are not excluded from the prayers and remembrance of their family or the Christian community,” it added.

The congregation noted that burial prevents the departed “from being forgotten, or their remains from being shown a lack of respect, which eventuality is possible, most especially once the immediately subsequent generation has too passed away.”

It also noted that burial “prevents any unfitting or superstitious practices” because burial in cemeteries or other sacred places “encourages family members and the whole Christian community to pray for and remember the dead, while at the same time fostering the veneration of martyrs and saints.”

The congregation deemed it necessary to issue new guidelines because of the significant increase in the practice of cremation in many countries.

The congregation came up with the new instruction after consulting the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts and numerous Episcopal Conferences and Synods of Bishops of the Oriental Churches.

COLUMBARIUMS IN THE PHILIPPINES

An executive of one of the largest columbariums in the country sees no immediate change in the outlook of Filipinos on keeping the ashes of their loved ones at home, even with the guidelines from Vatican.

Eugene Cheng, vice-president of the Sanctuarium, said a majority of Filipinos still adhere to the practicality of keeping urns at home as vaults could cost in the tens of thousands of pesos.

“It is really more on the economical that controls the sensibility of the Filipinos, even though they would want to follow the Vatican guidelines,” he said.

But Cheng said the guidelines from Vatican strengthened their stand on keeping the ashes in consecrated places like columbariums or burial grounds. They have been discouraging their clients from keeping the urns at home and instead memorialize them at consecrated places.

CBCP revives Undas online

Meanwhile, the media office of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has revived its Undas Online project, which allows Filipinos abroad to offer a mass for their dead.

“For those who cannot make it to your parishes, especially Filipinos in other countries or the seafarers, you may request for masses to be celebrated for your beloved dead,” said Msgr. Pedro Quitorio, CBCP Media Office director.

The online mass can be accessed by visiting the website www.undasonline.com and click on the “Prayer Request” button.

The names of the dead for whom the mass is being offered can be listed down through the website. Masses will be held at the CBCP chapel in Intramuros, Manila starting Nov. 1. – With Romina Cabrera

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RELATED FROM INTERAKSYON

NAIA ready for influx of passengers ahead of All Saints’ Day By: Eric B. Apolonio, InterAksyon.com
October 26, 2015 10:58 PM


InterAksyon.com The online news portal of TV5

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) will begin its implementation of Oplan Undas 2015 Tuesday, Oct. 27, in anticipation of the increase in the number of passengers for the approaching All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.

Under the plan, added measures will be in place to ensure safe, reliable, and convenient operations at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in the next two weeks.

Coordination has been made with airlines regarding the efficient processing of the passengers especially at the check-in counters. Additional airline personnel will be deployed as needed to accommodate the increase in travelers.

Check-in counters will be opened two hours before departure for a domestic flight while three hours prior for an international flight. Counters close 45 minutes before departure.

SECURITY

Maximum deployment of security personnel will be observed at the NAIA as the Airport Police Department (APD) will keep a “no leave” policy during the entire duration of Oplan Undas.

Security at the NAIA will be closely coordinated personnel of the APD, the Aviation Security Group (ASG) of the Philippine National Police, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), and the local government units of Parañaque City and Pasay City.

Both the APD and the ASG will be assigned to secure the immediate premises of the airport by means of, among others, K9 units.

The MMDA and local enforcers will be stationed along major roads leading to the terminals to guide vehicular traffic.

HELP DESKS

Meanwhile, help desks will also be set up per terminal to accommodate passenger concerns.

A command center per terminal will also be established to oversee all operations.

MIAA General Manager Jose Angel Honrado says that, just as Filipinos have packed their bags for Undas this year, management is also prepared for the influx of passengers.

“At the heart of Oplan Undas is the passenger. We want to make sure that traveling will be as hassle-free as possible as we observe the solemnity of the occasion,” Honrado adds.

Roughly 50,000 passengers daily are expected to leave Manila for the holidays.

The general manager advises passengers to allot enough travel time on the road since the volume of traffic is expected to get heavier as the weekend nears.

Travelers are also reminded not to bring prohibited items to the airport and to stow all belongings in one’s carry-on baggage for faster processing at the screening checkpoints.


INQUIRER

Prayers for ‘undas?’ Go online, CBCP advises OFWs By: Tina G. Santos / @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 01:10 AM October 27, 2016 Screengrab from www.undasonline.com


Screengrab from www.undasonline.com 

Using a mouse and clicking on it on the internet, Filipinos overseas can visit a virtual memorial park and offer prayers for their dearly departed on All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day—courtesy of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

The CBCP has relaunched its “undas” website (www.undasonline.com) that accepts prayer requests from millions of Filipinos scattered across the globe.

Filipinos abroad

“For those who cannot make it to [their] parishes, especially Filipinos in other countries or the seafarers, [they] may request for Masses to be celebrated for [their] beloved dead,” said Msgr. Pedro Quitorio, CBCP Media Office director.

In a CBCPNews post, visitors just have to click the “Prayer Request” button and list down the names of their departed loved ones.

For their intentions, Masses will be held starting Nov. 1 at the CBCP chapel in Intramuros, Manila.

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In previous years, Undas Online received thousands of requests for prayers for dead Filipino Catholics.

OFW feedback

Now in its fifth year, the project was relaunched by the CBCP Media Office because of the positive feedback it received from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), according to Quitorio.

The website provides a trove of prayers that lets the Catholic faithful pay their respects, wherever they are, to their dead on All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.

These prayers include a chaplet for the departed, a novena for the souls in purgatory, and a prayer for sacrifice for the poor souls.

The website also offers some audio and video teachings on the significance and liturgical meaning of the celebration of the events.

There is a button for those who wish to make a donation or give Mass stipends that will be given to the priests who will be celebrating the Masses.

DOH warning

For those thronging the nation’s cemeteries, the Department of Health (DOH) issued this warning: Bring your own food and water.

“Food-borne illnesses are usually caused by food produced for mass catering [that] were not cooked, stored, or handled properly. Establishments that prepare, serve and distribute food for mass catering should guarantee the safety of the food for prevention of food-borne illnesses and outbreaks,” said Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial.

Ubial advised against bringing babies and small children as well as elderly to the cemetery, saying they are more prone to diseases and other infections due to their low resistance.

Cemetery crowd

“It would be better not to bring along babies and small children to cemeteries and memorial parks as they are vulnerable to contracting diseases due to their low resistance to infection, heat and congestion. The elderly are advised to stay at home especially if they have medical conditions or are visiting alone,” she said.

Ubial warned against animal and insect bites. “Use insect repellant. Bring umbrellas for protection from the rain or too much sun,” she said.

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All Saints Day 2016 and 2017

All Saints Day 2016 and 2017 All Saints’ Day is celebrated on the first and second day of November every year. In the Philippines, this holiday is often referred to as Undas.

It is also sometimes referred to as Araw ng mga Patay, which is a translation of ‘day of the dead’.

All Saints’ Day is an important day in many Catholic countries. As the Philippines is the world’s third largest Catholic country, the country celebrates it with gusto. Traditionally, All Saints’ Day marks a Roman Catholic holiday that celebrates saints who were not awarded their own feast days. It also marks a celebration of the lives of the deceased.

But, Catholicism was not inherent in Filipino culture until it was delivered to them in the 16th century. During this period, Spanish missionaries traveled to the Philippines to share their faith with the people of Asia. Part of their faith included the celebration of All Saints’ Day. This is why the celebration of this holiday in the Philippines is so similar to the traditional Spanish celebration of the festival.

The Philippines was not the only country to be touched by the Spanish version of Roman Catholicism. People experience similar Spanish traditions in the former Spanish colonies like Mexico, Argentina and other areas of Central and South America.

All Saints’ Day in the Philippines is celebrated similarly to the way the holiday is marked in countries like Mexico. On November 1st each year, people flock to their family plots in cemeteries across the country to enjoy a vivacious day of festivals and celebration. However, the Filipinos do celebrate this holiday with their own cultural twist.

People will often gather together as a family for this celebration. They also use this holiday to hold a family reunion where groups of an extended family gather together. The day is filled with music and food. There is also prayer and religious traditions. At the end of the day, people will often camp overnight in the cemetery to pay their respects to their dead relatives. Visitors remark that Filipinos are remarkably at home among their dead ancestors.

Filipinos are known for having great respect for their dead. To prepare for Undas, families will visit the graves of their ancestors before the holiday to clean up the area and perform maintenance. During the holiday, people will decorate the graves with flowers and candles. The cemeteries will come alive during this period.


REVISIT. Visitors arrive to pay respect to their departed loved ones at the Makati City

In addition to these traditions, the Catholic traditions are also observed. Many cemeteries will hold a special mass during the day. The rest of the day is often marked by periods of prayer and the recitation of the Litany for the Dead.

This holiday is a mix of the observance of the dead and a joyful holiday. Families bring plenty of food and drink for their dead relatives. Some believe that the deceased are taking part in the feast alongside the living. While most bring food directly to the cemetery, other families will also leave food at home on altars for any relatives who aren’t buried in the cemetery.

The importance of food is paramount to this holiday in the Philippines. The tradition is a part of the greater Christian tradition of feasting. They remember stories from the Bible about the joyous and enlightening times that Jesus would break bread with his disciples and followers. However, they also enjoy bonding at this time to get closer to their living relatives. Some of the secular activities that are common on this holiday include games, singing and dancing.

Cemeteries in the Philippines are different from European cemeteries. Instead of rows of organized plots, the traditional Filipino cemetery will include mausoleums of people buried above the ground. These plots are all of different sizes. This creates a less somber and more eclectic atmosphere, which contributes to the party feeing that people experience during this time.

The Philippines is the largest Christian country in Asia. As a result, much of the country shuts down over these two days. Offices and schools both close during this period. However, it is not a paid holiday. People simply do not go to work or claim holiday pay to celebrate this special day.


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