Bangsamoro Region

Marawi siege hostage survivors get sacks of rice from OPAPP

By Claire R. Gigje

About 70 sacks of rice are distributed by OPAPP through Duyog Marawi to the Marawi siege hostage survivors staying now in Iligan City. (Angelo D. Dologmandin/ PIA-ICIC)

ILIGAN CITY, May 20–In line with the week-long observance of Marawi Week of Peace, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) through the Duyog Marawi distributed sacks of rice to Marawi siege hostage survivors Wednesday, May 19.

About 70 sacks of rice were shared with the said siege hostage survivors who now reside in Iligan City.

With this, receivers attested how the said distribution contributed big help amidst the pandemic.

“Dako kaayo og ikatabang [ang bugas] kay parehas karon, wala koy trabaho. Dako kaayo og ikatabang sa akoa pati sa akong pamilya. Makakaon akong pamilya ug makaabag sa kalisod,” stated Julito Gulay, a siege hostage survivor.

[This is a big help because like now, I do not have work. This is really a big help to me and my family. My family will be able to eat and this can aid in our struggle.] 

Meanwhile, Vanessa Pallarco, Social Healing and Peace Department Director of OPAPP shared that this is an effort of the OPAPP to be one with the people affected by the conflict.

She further said that with the distribution, they are positive that beneficiaries were given significant aid especially now during a health crisis where livelihood is affected. Philippine Information Agency

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