DPWH turns over second batch of relief assistance for Marawi
By Ferdinand G. Patinio
MANILA (Philippines News Agency) — The donations from the different offices of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) have been turned over to the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) government for distribution to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Marawi City, Lanao Del Sur.
According to DPWH Undersecretary Emil Sadain, the second batch of relief assistance consists of 450 sacks of rice, 90 boxes of canned goods, and 69 boxes of coffee.
The relief assistance was turned over to ARMM Executive Secretary Laisa Alamia and DPWH-ARMM Secretary Don Loong on Thursday, June 22, 2017 in Cotabato City.
He noted that the assistance was generated from voluntary financial contributions of DPWH officials, led by Secretary Mark Villar, and employees of the DPWH Central Office, 17 Regional Offices and 182 District Engineering Offices nationwide which reached Php4.78 million.
Last June 14, the DPWH distributed the first round of assistance to evacuation centers in Iligan City for 3,572 individuals/evacuees.
Aside from the aid, the department is also part of a National Oversight Committee that will be responsible for reconstructing and rebuilding Marawi City.
It will involved the conduct of clearing operations, assessment on infrastructure and facilities such as roads, bridges, water supply systems, government buildings, houses, mosques, churches and other vital structures and preparation of design plans and programs of work.
The clashes between government troops and Maute group are still on going which resulted in the deaths of many people and displacing thousands others. (PNA)