Four months after the devastating earthquake that rocked Cebu, Bohol and other nearby provinces, the government and private companies are still working hand-in-hand in rebuilding the lives of the victims. One company has committed to help restore historic churches in the affected areas.
Wong Chu King Foundation Inc. (WCKF) has already pledged to aid in the seismic retrofitting of historic churches in Philippine provinces following the earthquake that damaged historical and religious structures in Bohol and Cebu last October 15, 2013. Most Rev. Ricardo Baccay, Auxiliary Bishop of Tuguegarao City, described WCK’s work as “a step in the right direction.”
WCKF is the corporate service responsibility (CSR)) arm of Mighty Corporation, a Bulacan-based cigarette manufacturer and the only wholly-Filipino player in the Philippine tobacco industry. As of today, the foundation has already assisted in the renovation of the roofs and ceiling of the Diocesan Shrine of Immaculate Conception Church in Naic, Cavite and the reconstruction of the Basilica Minore of Our Lady of Piat Church in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.
According to the official report of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, a total of P2,203,930,000 worth of damaged roads, bridges, flood control, school buildings, hospitals, and other public buildings was reported in the Provinces of Cebu (P819,051,000), Bohol (P1,383,159,000), Negros Oriental (P270,000), and Siquijor (P1,450,000).
Asked why WCKF chose the restoration of churches as one of its advocacy, WCKF General Manager James Vincent Navarette said, “Churches are also symbols of strength and hope for Filipinos. To see a church survive earthquakes and other calamities can easily uplift the spirits of our people. The devastation brought about by the recent Visayas earthquake has firmed up our advocacy to build more churches and strengthen the Filipino faith.
The foundation, headed by Mrs. NeliaWongchuking, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, has been renovating churches since 2009.Last year, WCK donated P300,000 for textbooks and other library materials of Lyceum de Amulung in Cagayan North, Tuguegarao City. WCKF aims to perpetuate the memory of the family patriarch an avowed philanthropist—likewise continue to encourage and promote education through scholarship programs and raise funds for charitable, cultural and educational purposes.
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