Caritas Manila, in an effort to protect poor families in Metro Manila against the dreaded Covid-19 Pandemic recently launched its Ligtas Covid-19 campaign which aims to provide for the poorest of the poor affected mainly by the enhanced community quarantine imposed by the government to help contain the disease.

Like in most of their relief campaigns, the lead social arm of the Catholic Church in the Philippines calls on the support of individuals and groups for material and monetary donations.

For this campaign, Caritas Manila is currently distributing Caritas Manna Food Bags, a week supply of goods for a family of 6. They will also be distributing Ligtas Covid-19 protection kits composed of the following items:

  • 1 liter of 70% ethyl alcohol
  • 5 handy bottles of 30 ml alcohol
  • 5 washable face masks
  • 1 liter of antibacterial liquid soap
  • 1 box of 100 tablets of vitamin C with zinc
  • A pair of reusable gloves
  • 1 liter of liquid bleach
  • 3 pieces of cleaning cloth
  • Eco bag

As of March 20, Caritas Manila was able to raise a total of 8.9M Pesos worth of cash donations from groups and individuals who have heed the call of solidarity for those greatly affected by this crisis – the poor families who have lost all means to provide for their families because of the lockdown.

Cash donations were sent through various digital platforms like GCash, Lazada, Online Banking and many others.

Material donations are also pouring in but more are needed.

The critical advantage of Caritas Manila as an outreach organization is rooted at their poverty mapping initiative which effectively and continuously identifies the poorest of the poor in Metro Manila. This initiative allows them to systematically and holistically provide, care and monitor the development of these families.

Some of the major companies in the country have already sent or pledged their support for the campaign.

San Miguel Corporation produced Nutribun, which accounts for a full meal with 250 calories, and delivered the first batch to the Caritas Manila last Thursday.

Coca Cola Philippines donated 1.5 million pesos for the production of 555 Caritas Ligtas COVID-19 kits and Manna food bags. They also sent Nutriboost milk drinks where at least 4 pieces will be included in every food bag.

Fernando and Kit Zobel donated 500,000 pesos worth of vitamin C while CDO Odyssey Foundation sent 3,984 pieces of CDO Karne Norte 60g baon pack.

Puregold also donated 4Million Pesos worth of Gift Certificates that may be used to purchase relief items in their stores.

Actress Bela Padilla also sent 1 million pesos worth of canned goods and rice to Caritas Manila.

To those who would like to support Caritas Manila’s Ligtas COVID-19 campaign, here are ways to donate online:

> Savings Account Name: Caritas Manila, Inc.
> Banco De Oro – Savings Account No.: 000-5600-45905
> Bank of the Philippine Islands – Savings Account No.: 3063-5357-01
>Metrobank – Savings Account No.: 175-3-17506954-3

For Dollar Accounts
> Bank of the Philippine Islands – Savings Account No. 3064-0033-55
> Swift Code – BOPIPHMM

For Debit and Credit Cards
> Choose Caritas Damayan LIGTAS COVID-19

> Choose between Caritas LIGTAS COVID-19 kit, Caritas Manna food bag, or the donation vouchers (50, 100, 200, 500, 1000)

> Choose Caritas Damayan LIGTAS COVID-19

>Scan the QR code

You may also visit their official social media accounts for the latest updates on the campaign – Facebook and Instagram (@OfficialCaritasManila) and Twitter (@CaritasManila)

Caritas Manila is one of the largest church-based nonprofit organizations in the Philippines. Its core programs are geared toward integral human, spiritual, and socio-economic development of the poor.

For MORE information about Caritas Manila and its campaigns please go to www.caritasmanila.org.ph or CONTACT 0917-5955083

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