“PAGMAKUSOG DIDA HAN GINOO.” (Efeso 6:10) | Surat Pastoral para han Ika-tolo ka Tuig nga Pagdumdum han Bagyo Yolanda/Haiyan

Last Updated on Wednesday, 2 November 2016 10:57 Written by frneil Wednesday, 2 November 2016 10:43

Hinigugma nga Bungto han Dios:

 

An grasya ug kamurayaw han aton Ginoo Jesukristo!

 

1. Tolo katuig na an laglabay, naigo kita han Bagyo nga Yolanda ug damo pa nga lugar dinhi ha Visayas, ug nagdara ini hin makalilisang nga destruso ha aton mga panimalay, mga pakabuhian, mga uma, mga simbahan, mga kapilya, mga fasilidad han gobyerno, mga istraktura, ug damo pa. Labaw han ngatanan, damo nga mga kinabuhi in nawara ha kalit la ngan makaharadlok nga panhitabo. Ini ngatanan diri naton mahingangalimtan ug diri sadang naton hikalimtan.

 

2. Karuyag ko ipaabot ha iyo an akon pagsaludar tungod han iyo kamarig-on ug han ngatanan nga pagsakripisyo nga iyo iginpakita dida han aton hini-usa nga panalinguha agud kita makabangon tikang hin sugad nga makangingirhat nga trahedya. Natoo ako nga an aton madig-on nga pagtapod ug pagsarig sa Dios amo an naghatag ha aton hin paglaum ug inspirasyon basi kita magpadayon ug magtikang ngahaw tikang ha kawarayan.

 

3. Aton igin-aampo, ha espesyal nga paagi, adton ngada yana in padayon pa nga nagtatalinguha hin pagtukdaw ngahaw kahuman han nasabi nga kalamidad. Aton  liwat padayon nga ig-ampo an aton hinigugma nga nagkamatay, ha aton pagdumdum han kahamili han ira mga kinabuhi, nga unta hira in makabiling hin kamurayaw didto han kanan Dios langitnon nga ginhadian.

 

4. Ngadto han mga pamilya nga hasta ngada yana in nag-uukoy pa dida hin mga “temporary shelters,” karuyag ko ipahimatngon ha iyo nga ha duha o tolo ka tuig, an iyo temporaryo nga mga urukyan in kinahanglan balyo-an basi magin madig-og para hin ano man nga tiarabot nga kalamidad. Sayod kita nga kadak-an han aton mga “temporary shelters” in hinimo tikang hin mga kahoy hin lubi (coco lumber). Tungod kay maaram man kita nga diri ini mailob hin mga bagyo nga sugad kakusgon hit Yolanda o Ruby, kaangayan la nga maghimo kita hin mga pamaagi agud makahimo kita hin mas marig-on pa nga mga puruy-anan.

 

5. Kinita naton nga bisan an mga banyaga nga mga tawo in mismo napa-usa han aton kamarig-on ug kamailobon ha butnga han Yolanda. Kundi aton liwat angay kitaon nga an aton pagtoo sa Dios amo an nakahimo nga mabaskog han aton tagsa nga kalugaringon, mga pamilya, ug mga komunidad ha luyo han mga dagoraot nga dara hit “climate change” (pagbag-o han panahon) sugad han Yolanda. Sanglit, aton pagmayoyoon ug padilaabon ini nga aton pagtoo. Aton pag-ukyan ug ipaangbit ini nga aton pagtoo ngadto hit iba. Kundi an kamabaskog in liwat nanginginahanglan nga magtindog kita hin mga balay ug istraktura nga mailob kontra hit mga super-typhoons, mga pagbaha, ug mga linog. Usa pa liwat nga panginahanglanon amo an pagpundar hin mga panginabuhian o mga pamaagi hin pangita hin kwarta nga mailobon ha butnga hin mga kalamidad.

 

6. Mayda liwat mga ayat han aton panahon yana nga kinahanglan naton pagburubligan sugad han masunod:

i. An pagpabalik ha normal han balanse han aton ecology

ii. An pagpanalipod han aton kalibungan

iii. An pagtanum hin damo pa nga kakahuyan ug hin mga tanaman ha aton palibot

iv. An pag-recycle han mga butang nga aton adlaw-adlaw nga ginagamit

v. An paggamit hin mga klase hin enerhiya nga diri nakakahatag hin polusyon ha aton kalibungan

vi. An pag-iban hin paggamit han aton mga ginkukuhaan hin enerhiya sugad han elekrisidad, krudo, ug iba pa pinaagi hin pag-ukoy hin simple nga mga kinabuhi

 

Pangatapusan

Ini nga ikatolo ka-tuig nga aton pagdumdum han Yolanda in diri unta magdara ha aton hin mga pagpasibaya. Kinahanglan mag-aghat ini ha aton hin dugang pa nga kaandam ug kama-binantayon han mga tigaman han panahon nga inupdan hin responsable ug igo nga paghibaro han mga butang. Sanglit gin-aabi-abi ko kamo hin pamati han mga notisya tikang han mga opisyal nga mga buhatan sugad han PAGASA mahiunong han lokasyon, agi-anan, kusog, ug ginbabana-bana nga epekto han mga bagyo, mga dulok o storm surges, ug iba pa nga mga kalamidad ug mga kadelikadohan. Sugad hit pakig-gyera nga waray mas malabaw pa kontra hit pagin madinaugon, ha panahon hit kalamidad, waray mas mahitatanding pa kontra hit pagin pirmi-andam.

 

An Birhen Maria, aton Iroy, pag-ampo unta para ha aton agud gawson kita han Dios ha ngatanan nga mga karat-an.

 

Dida han Ginoo,

 

+CRISPIN B. VARQUEZ, DD

Obispo han Borongan

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“BE STRONG IN THE LORD” (Eph 6:10) | Pastoral Letter on the Third Anniversary of Super Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan”

Last Updated on Wednesday, 2 November 2016 10:11 Written by frneil Wednesday, 2 November 2016 10:06

Beloved People of God:

 

Grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ!

 

1. Three years ago Super Typhoon Yolanda hit our area and many parts of the Visayas region, bringing horrific destruction on our homes, livelihood, farms, churches, chapels, government facilities, infrastructures, and others. Most of all, many lives were lost in one terror-stricken sweep. All of these we cannot and must not forget.

 

2. May I congratulate you all for the courage and sacrifices that you have shown in our common efforts to rise from the depths of such a tragedy. I believe it was our common faith and trust in God that gave us all the hope and the inspiration to live and move on.

 

3. We pray in a special way for those who are still in the process of recovery. And, without diminishing the memory of their lives, let us continue to pray for our beloved dead that they may find peace in God’s heavenly kingdom.

 

4. Please allow me to address the families who are still living in temporary shelters. In two or three years your temporary homes need replacements that are stronger against any possible emergency. I am deeply concerned that these shelters are built mostly of coco lumber. Seeing how obviously helpless these shelters are against another Yolanda or Ruby, I urge you  to find suitable remedies to your homes that need them.

 

5. We all have seen how even foreigners were awed by our resilience after Yolanda. But we must all acknowledge the fact that our faith in God has made individuals, families and communities resilient in the aftermath of climate change disasters like Yolanda. Therefore, let us treasure and keep our faith burning. To do so we must live and share that faith with others. Resilience also requires us to build houses and infrastructures able to stand against super typhoons, flooding and earthquakes. Equally important, we must cultivate livelihoods and sources of income resilient to calamities, that is, we must be able to support our families despite acts of nature beyond our control.

 

6. There are other challenges we must hurdle together:

i. the restoration to normalcy of our ecological order;

ii. the protection and conservation of our environment;

iii. planting of trees and the greening of our surroundings;

iv. reuse and recycling of goods and products;

v. continuing and better use of renewable energy; and

vi. reduction of energy consumption through austere and simple

lifestyle.

 

 

Conclusion

The third anniversary of Yolanda cannot lead us to complacency. It should and must lead us to watchfulness and preparedness marked by informed resilience. In this regard I urge everyone to be ever attentive to official news and information sources, such as PAG-ASA on crucial details as the location, path, strength and projected effects of typhoons, storm surges (tidal waves) and other calamities or emergencies. If there is no substitute to victory in war, neither is there any substitute to preparedness in any emergency.

 

May Mary, our Mother, intercede for our deliverance from all evil.

 

Yours in the Lord,

+CRISPIN B. VARQUEZ, DD

Bishop of Borongan

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“BY YOUR PATIENT ENDURANCE YOU WILL SAVE YOUR LIVES” (Lk 21:19)

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“BY YOUR PATIENT ENDURANCE YOU WILL SAVE YOUR LIVES” (Lk 21:19)

Pastoral Letter to Super Typhoon Yolanda Victims: Observations and Appeals

November 27, 2013

Feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

Beloved People of God:

In my continuing visits to areas hardest hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda in this our Diocese of Borongan, as your Bishop, I would like to share the following:         

1. We really need to persevere in patience, endurance and sacrifice. Rising back to normalcy will not be achieved in an instant. Let us recognize the importance of continuing our efforts to help one another and to share with one another our time, abilities, including our treasures, food and drinking water etc., not only for the good of our individual families but also of our whole community. One community’s rise is the rise of all of us.

2. I am deeply concerned and saddened by the ongoing out-migration of many of our people to Cebu, Manila and other cities or places far from their origin. This is because you and I know only too well that they are not necessarily secure in their places of destination. In fact, many of our people end up in urban centers where work is also scarce and the only certainty is being lured into a life of crime or being further victimized by as yet rising urban criminality.

3. On the other hand, from where we are we see plenty of help coming and will continue to come not only from sources within the Church and government, local and national, but also from many NGOs and other foreign organizations, such as the U.N.O. and other aid agencies from many foreign governments or organizations. Needless to say, they could be more helpful to victims who are here with us rather than elsewhere. I am aware, of course, that some of the victims need to temporarily leave the place where they suffered ‘trauma’ before they eventually return to continue the process of normalization. There are also those who no longer want to go back to the place of ‘trauma’. I respect their decision, but I still appeal to all to keep loving our homeland and to work together so that it may rise again. Who we are we owe a lot to where we are from.

4. Let us take all necessary precautions so that diseases of any kind may not spread in our land. Let us continue to clean our homes, yards, in fact our whole environment. Let us also refrain from eating contaminated food or unsafe drinking water. Cleanliness is not only next to Godliness; it is also a way to saving lives.

5. During this time of crisis and tragedy, let us not cease giving support to one another. Let us seek to be more understanding of one another, especially of those who are suffering and in need of help more than we do. Let us not hesitate to sacrifice for one another for the good of our neighbor and for the common good. In this way we show ourselves to be true reflections of our loving God and followers of Jesus Christ his Son. Let us always heed his new commandment: “Love one another as I have loved you” (Jn 15:12).

May our loving and merciful God continue to bless you all. And may we be assisted by the prayers and intercessions of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal and by those of all the Saints of God in our sufferings and losses.

Please remember that your Bishop is one with you in prayer and in the struggle to our common revitalization.

Your Bishop and Brother,

Most Rev. Crispin B. Varquez, DD
Bishop of Borongan

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Bishop of Borongan

His Excellency
MOST REV. CRISPIN B. VARQUEZ, D.D.
Bishop of Borongan