MANILA – The social action arm of the Archdiocese of Manila will be giving away some PHP10 million worth of gift certificates (GCs) to poor people in the National Capital Region (NCR) Plus area.
In an announcement over Church-run Radio Veritas on Tuesday, Caritas Manila said it will distribute GCs worth PHP1,000 to beneficiaries in Metro Manila, and the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal.
The GCs can be used to buy food and other basic needs at a popular grocery store.
The project dubbed as “Damayan GC Ayuda 2021” is spearheaded by the Disaster and Crisis Management program of Caritas Manila through Caritas Damayan and the Social Service and Development Ministry.
At present, Caritas Manila is actively giving GCs to “poorest among the poor” families in parishes under the Manila archdiocese.
The program has also benefited some 10,000 families, with PHP10 million worth of GCs distributed in just two weeks.
Caritas Manila launched the program at the start of the pandemic last year as quarantine restrictions resulted in the loss of jobs for many Filipinos.
Since last year, it has given away some PHP1.3 billion worth of GCs, with the help of the private sector.
It is also giving away vegetables after receiving a donation worth PHP5 million from a foundation.
At the same time, the Caritas in Action on Radyo Veritas 846, is expecting to give GCs to Filipinos that have lost their jobs due to the pandemic. (PNA)