THE Marawi Crisis is officially over as declared by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Monday, October 23, at the 11th Asean Ministers' Meeting in Clark, Pampanga.
"After 154 days of the Siege of Marawi by the Daesh-inspired Maute ISIS-Group," the statement that Lorenzana read before the Asean Minsters' Meeting read, "Or after a week since the Commander-in-Chief's Declaration of the Liberation of Marawi; We now announce the termination of all combat operations in Marawi."
Of course, Lorenzana knows that the Marawi victory does not end the work on hand, as global terrorism is a recognized scourge in these present times.
"While we submit that these tactical and strategic gains will not annihilate the ideology completely, we declare that this achievement is clear manifestation of how our regional cooperation can lead to a decisive advance against the proliferation of terrorism in this part of the world," Lorenzana said. "We hope that this operational achievement in Marawi in the Philippines will be the catalyst that shall bring to the fore future cooperations and partnerships not only against terrorism but also those that shall defeat other regional and global security threats."
The message loud and clear is cooperation; a message we can take up on our own as individuals not just to help the Maranao people get back on their feet again in the shortest possible time, but to spared love among the battle-scarred and broken, to heal the wounds that we cannot see with the eye.
We gathered a few organizations that are helping raise funds for the Marawi evacuees that may be useful, especially for those who do not have the luxury of time to be in that city and personally serve the people.
The Local Government of Marawi City, which has a satellite office at at #12 Guillermo Guevarra Street in Camague, near Mercy Community Hospital in Iligan City, has provided these hotlines for in-kind and cash donations: 0955-769-4404, 0915-972-4348, and 0930-009-1401.
World Vision has an online fund-raising drive through this URL: http://bit.ly/2yHC90F
World Vision is a Christian, relief, development and advocacy organization working with children, families and communities "to overcome poverty and injustice".
Save the Children, the world's leading independent children's organization, which has been helping children in the Philippines for more than 30 years now also has an online fund-raising drive accessible though: http://bit.ly/2yHVq28
Caritas Manila has a similar drive as well through http://bit.ly/2gvw51r
Or you can opt to deposit in Caritas' bank accounts:
Banco De Oro – Savings Account No.: 5600-45905
Bank of the Philippine Islands – Savings Account No.: 3063-5357-01
Metrobank – Savings Account No.: 175-3-17506954-3
For dollar accounts:
Bank of the Philippine Islands – Savings Account No. 3064-0033-55 Swift Code – BOPIPHMM
Philippine National Bank – Savings Account No. 10-856-660002-5 Swift Code – PNBMPHMM
Or through Cebuana Lhuillier (free of charge). Those who opt to deposit or send through Cebuana Lhuillier are requested to fax copy of the deposit slip or send money form to 563-9306 or email a scanned copy to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every little contribution helps as there are almost half a million lives to rebuild. Let our show of love be stronger than any terrorist's desire to rule over us.
Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on October 24, 2017.
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