Priest appeals for more shelters for volcano evacuees in Philippines
A Catholic priest has appealed for more and better shelters for victims of a volcanic eruption in the Philippines after criticising a local government response.
Ucanews.org reported that authorities in Tagaytay, located near the erupting Taal volcano, announced they had set up private spaces for couples to be intimate.
Inside the rooms, where couples can spend hours together after securing permission from authorities, are a mattress and bottled water.
But Fr Jerome Secillano of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Manila said better and additional evacuation centres would serve a greater purpose than “love nest” rooms.
“We need more places to accommodate the thousands still holed up in cramped evacuation centres,” said the priest, adding that the “last thing you would think about during a calamity is intimacy.”
As of 22nd January, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported that nearly 72,000 families or more than 280,000 individuals were affected by the volcano. Of that number, about 39,000 families, or 149,000 individuals, were in 493 evacuation centres.
Picture: People displaced by the eruption of the Taal volcano attend Mass at an evacuation centre in Tagaytay City, Philippines, on 19th January 2020. A Catholic priest has appealed for more and better shelters for victims of the volcanic eruption after criticising a local government response. (CNS photo/Eloisa Lopez, Reuters).