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Displaced Marawi residents get 16 tons of relief goods

Around 16 tons of various relief items were delivered by the Kapatid for Marawi to Marawi citizens displaced by the ongoing armed conflict in Mindanao.

The Kapatid for Marawi, a week-old on ground program, is supported by Philippine conglomerates, the alliance of business chambers, and all the entrepreneurs.

These include LBC, Philippine Airlines, RFM, CDO Foodsphere, Century Canning, The Federation of Chinese Chambers, SL Agritech, Land Rover Club, Asia Brewery, and SM Foundation.

According to Ana Margarita Hontiveros of the Office of the Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship, 16 tons, or 194,000 pieces of various relief items were already delivered to various evacuation areas.

These include food packs, canned goods, potable drinking water, medicines, hygiene kits, sleepers, and rice, among others.

“So this is really a united response to, you know, help support and provide some measure of aid and comfort to our brothers and sisters who are displaced by the fighting that’s been ongoing,” Hontiveros said.

“We’ve actually been undertaking relief operations over the past few days in the areas of Iligan and some of the border towns to Marawi City, specifically Pantar and Saguiaran,” she added.

According to Hontiveros, the Kapatid Network is currently coordinating with local stakeholders to ensure efficient and safe passage of supplies, items which are really needed by the families who’ve been displaced by the fighting.

Mindanao has been placed under martial law for 60 days due to the ongoing armed conflict in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur. President Duterte also suspended the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in the entire island.

Based on reports from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), a total of 46,096 families or 227,808 persons affected by the armed conflict in Marawi since June 5. (Argyll Geducos)