MANILA-- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has received a PHP1 million cash donation from the Commission on Elections meant for people displaced by the ongoing hostilities in Marawi City, as well as Comelec employees affected by the crisis.
This is the first donation that we have received from another government institution. This gesture sends an important message that government agencies are coming together to assist our people in Marawi," Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said in a news release issued Thursday.
Taguiwalo said she will judiciously use all donations for the relief and recovery of Filipinos affected by the armed conflict in Marawi.
The donation will be used to purchase additional food for distribution to families currently staying in evacuation centers and those staying with relatives and friends in nearby regions, she said, adding that the department will submit a report to Comelec after 30 days.
The donation, which came from the Comelec's 2017 budget for 2017 and was approved by the poll body en banc, was handed over by Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista during a ceremony held at the Comelec main office in Intramuros, Manila.
Source: Philippines News Agency