In a case of neighbor helping neighbor following the destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, Knights of Columbus in the Visayas jurisdiction delivered food, water and other necessities during a relief operation in northern Iloilo. With donations from councils in the surrounding area, Knights from Iloilo City traveled about 50 miles north on Sunday, Nov. 17, with 788 sacks filled with rice, canned goods, noodles and bottled water.
“The Knights of Columbus network came through so we could identify the needs in the area,” said Visayas Deputy Rodrigo Sorongon of the relief operation. “It has been difficult to communicate with the councils in the devastated areas, but I was able to reach the regional deputy to find out what was needed.”
Knights of the Visayas jurisdiction also distributed clothing in the areas of Binon-an, Batad, Iloilo and Concepcion. These are coastal areas hit by ocean surges that caused massive destruction along the shoreline.
In addition, Knights from Cebu City traveled to northern Cebu to distribute sacks of rice and canned goods.
“This will be a long-term relief operation, and the Knights will continue to be there,” Sorongon noted.