Ella Montalban, Bohol Island News | Posted on October 18, 2019, 10:18 a.m.
The Diocese of Tagbilaran has announced the completion of the restoration works of some of the churches in Bohol, six years after the magnitude 7.2 earthquake brought it down to its knees.
In an interview over Radyo Veritas, Bishop Alberto Uy shared the developments while also thanking the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) and the National Museum.
The following churches were already opened to the public:
- St. Isidore Parish, Tubigon
- Our Lady of Assumption Parish- Dauis
- St. Nicholas Parish-Dimiao
- Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Parish, Baclayon
- Holy Trinity Parish- Loay
- St. Vincent Parish-Calape
- St. James Parish-Batuan
- Sta. Monica Parish-Alburquerque
- St. Augustine-Panglao
- St. Michael Parish-Clarin
According to Bishop Uy, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops helped in the restoration of the church in Clarin.
Meanwhile, there are still some churches whose restoration works are still ongoing. These are:
- Our Lady of Light Parish, Loon
- San Vicente Ferrer Parish, Maribojoc
- Santo Nino Parish, Cortes
- San Pedro Apostol Parish, Loboc
Bishop Uy said that the contractors of the remaining four churches under restoration have assured him that they will complete it within two years.
“God has continued to support us by providing us good people and the government also who supports us in the restoration process of our churches,” Bishop Uy said.
The 2013 earthquake left at least 200 people dead and left some homeless.
But through the efforts of the Diocese under its Bohol Rehabilitation and Rebuilding Project (BRRP), he announced the completion of 500 houses for the victims of the earthquake.
The project, spearheaded by Fr. Valentino Pinlac, was made possible through the help of the Italian Bishops Conference.