Charity workers and volunteers in the Philippines are calling for a halt to the closure of a mental health charity after it was told it would no longer receive donations.
The Salvation Army of the Philippines (SAMP) has been operating for more than a decade in the city of Tacloban, where it is based.
But it was announced on Friday that the organisation would be forced to close after the Catholic Church announced it would withhold its funding for the next three years.SAMP was set up to help people in the impoverished country with mental illness.
The Church has said it will give $10m to the organisation next year to help it continue its work.
However, in a letter to the charity’s director, the Catholic Archdiocese of Taclawan, the Archdiocesan Council for Health and Human Services (CCHHS) said the organisation was “not able to continue as a charitable organisation” and will be forced “to cease its activities in the future”.
The letter, sent on Thursday, said that while the organisation had “received support” from the church, its work “has become a cause for concern” and that it “may become more difficult to continue the work”.
The church, however, has said the closure is part of a broader effort to “cleanse” the country of drugs, corruption and the “disastrous effects of war”.
The move comes after the Philippines government in October banned the sale of cocaine from Mexico, which was seized by US marines last year.