Taguiwalo thanks ASEAN, embassies for Marawi aid

MANILA-- Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo on Friday extended her department's gratitude to ASEAN member states, the Chinese and Australian embassies, and local donors for sending aid to families displaced by the clashes in Marawi City.

Kinikilala natin ang tulong ng ASEAN na nagpadala ng at least 600 tents at iba pang tulong, sa pamamagitan ng Air Force ng Malaysian government (We acknowledge the ASEAN's assistance in the form of 600 tents sent through the Malaysian Air Force), Taguiwalo said during the Bangon Marawi Forum held in Conrad Hotel in Pasay City.

The aid was sent through the ASEAN Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance (AHA Center), which is the region's coordinating agency for disaster management and emergency response.

She also acknowledged the Chinese Embassy's assistance amounting to PHP15 million for the social welfare and health departments for relief operations and the rehabilitation of the war-torn city.

We get PHP7.5 million each, she said.

Taguiwalo likewise thanked the Australian Embassy for its relief assistance, as well as local donors, among them the Commission on Elections, which donated PHP1 million, and the Metro Manila Mayors' Spouses Foundation, which donated food packs, hygiene kits and sleeping mats.

She further extended her gratitude to her department's field personnel and social workers who continuously attend to the needs of the affected families from Marawi.

Taguiwalo meanwhile emphasized the need to work together in bringing back Marawi's glory.

Kailangan pa rin po ang pagtutulungan dahil mag-uumpisa na ang bagong yugto ng pagtutulungan para bumangon ang Marawi (We need continuous coordination now that we face a new chapter in rebuilding Marawi), she said.

The forum was organized by the Presidential Communications Operation Office (PCOO) to create awareness on the government's action plans and at the same time inspire the private sector and organizations in and out of the country to act and help rebuild Marawi.

Source: Philippine News Agency