Sat. Sep 14th, 2019

Marawi receives another million funds


File photo of war-torn City of Marawi, (Moh Saaduddin / Dateliners)

The Philippine government receives on Thursday an additional donations from United states (US) after Australian government committed for humanitarian support to the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in war-torn Marawi City.

Marawi City has been destroyed due to war between Philippine military and anti-government Abu Sayyaf and Maute during the 5-month battle began on May 23, 2017 that ended on October 23, 2017, which displaced more than 300,000 Maranao residents to different areas in the Philippines. The siege was behind the skirmishes in the town of Butig, Lanao del Sur in 2016, which displaced 1955 families to Masiu town and Marawi City. Other internally refugees have returned to their respective areas after the clashes. Residents of most affected areas remains outside the city.

Australian Embassy announced on Tuesday that Australia provides P140 million for humanitarian response, which is an addition to the total of P1.2 billion (AUD 30 million) committed by Australian government; following by US Agency for International Development (USAID) that the US government donates P234 million for Marawi City IDPs, a total of P3.4 billion (USD 63.6 million) has been donated by the US.

The additional financial support is allocated to various needs of families, who were displaced by Marawi siege, through counseling, profiling personal data, and livelihood programs to start a business. The aid also benefits some other families in the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur.

Marawi rehabilitation allocation fund elevates to over P40 billion donations, Department of Finance (DoF) says. As of July, the budget remains P47.63 million, according to Philippines commission on audit.

US and Australia will continue their effort supporting the Philippines’ implementing programs in partnership with Marawi City government, Lanao del Sur province, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Bangsamoro Transition Authority and the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM).

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Eduardo del Rosario assures the public that the debris clearing would be done this November. Rosario is challenges by legal issues over the delay of rehabilitating battle-scarred Marawi City, that Moro Consensus Group considered the September is overdue.