Comelec turns over P1-M donation to DSWD for Marawi evacuees

MANILA-- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has turned over PHP1 million donation to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for residents displaced by the Marawi City siege.

Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista gave the donation to DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo during the turnover ceremony held at the Comelec main office in Intramuros, Manila Tuesday afternoon.

The donation, was approved by the Commission en banc and came from the poll body's annual budget for 2017.

"'Yung pondo galing sa aming General Appropriations Act, na ibinigay sa DSWD na pinamumunuan ni Sec. Taguiwalo para bumili ng anumang gamit para sa pangangailangan ng ating mga kababayan sa Marawi," he said.

Bautista noted that aside from the financial aid, poll body employees nationwide were able to collect the same amount which was given to Comelec employees that were affected by the crisis.

"Maliban dito ang Comelec mismo nagambag ambag sa pangunguna ng Comelec employees union at iba pang opisina hindi lamang dito sa Manila kundi sa ibang rehiyon kaya nakaraise kami, I think one million at ito at binigay sa aming kapwa empleyado na naapektuhan doon," he explained.

There are a total of 112 poll body employees in Lanao del Sur, majority of them were affected by the ongoing conflict between government troops and Maute group.

For her part, the DSWD chief expressed gratitude to the Comelec for the assistance they provided, noting that it is the first government agency to provide financial aid.

"This is the first donation that we have received from a fellow government institution. This could be a symbolic message that different government agencies are coming together to assist our people in Marawi," Taguiwalo added.

Hundreds of people have been killed while thousands have fled the city to seek refuge in neighboring provinces due to the Marawi siege which started in May 23.

Source: Philippines News Agency