Catholic schools to open as shelters for the homeless and street dwellers

Four Catholic schools in Manila will soon be opening their doors to homeless people affected by the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Luzon.

The schools are the Malate Catholic School, Espiritu Santo Parochial Schools, Holy Trinity, and the Paco Catholic School.

Apostolic Administrator of Manila Bishop Broderick Pabillo thanked the administration of the schools for providing temporary shelters for the homeless.

“We laud this gesture of our school directors to provide quarters to the homeless and street dwellers, and health workers where they can be safe and secure,” Pabillo said. 

He also recognized the Nazarene Catholic School for accommodating the health workers of San Lazaro Hospital.

The five parochial schools are members of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Manila Educational System (RCAM-ES) Schools.

Pabillo said the basic needs of people who will temporarily take shelter in the said schools, will be managed by the  Arnold Janssen KALINGA Center.

He also stressed strict safety protocols in line with the guidelines of the Department of Health (DOH) and World Health Organizations (WHO) will be implemented in the said schools to ensure they will be safe from Covid-19 contamination.

During the ECQ, the government imposed mandatory home-quarantine to stop the spread of Covid-19. 

The measure posed a significant challenge for the homeless. 

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