Evacuees receive more aid from Sulu

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Friday, December 20, 2013

THE Sulu Provincial Government handed over P1-million cash and six truckloads of assorted relief goods to Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, as it pledged to send more relief aid for the evacuees in Zamboanga City.

The cash and in-kind donations were turned over Friday to Salazar by Hadja Nurunisah Tan, who heads the Sulu Provincial Women's Council.

"We are here again to show our support to the City Government of Zamboanga and to help the people displaced by the violence in September," she said, citing the relief goods were donated by the people of Sulu and various groups that shared their advocacy in support to the local government's rehabilitation efforts.

Aid for Zamboanga evacuees
ZAMBOANGA. Sulu Provincial Women's Council head Hadja Nurunisah Tan (center) turns over Friday a P1-million cash aid to Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco Salazar (in yellow) for evacuees in Zamboanga City. (Bong Garcia)

Tan, the mother of Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan II and wife of Vice Governor Abdusakur Tan, has vowed to provide more aid for the evacuees who are still housed in various evacuation centers in the city. These evacuees were displaced after Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels infiltrated the city in September.

Records from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) showed that there are still 14 evacuation centers in the city housing 4,974 families consisting of 24,974 individuals.

Most of the evacuees -- 2,732 families comprising of 13,399 individuals -- are housed at the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex.

Salazar thanked Tan and the Sulu Provincial Government and its people, as well as the members of the Sulu Provincial Women's Council for the donation, which came at a time Zamboanga City's relief aid is depleting.

Salazar was accompanied by Councilors Myra Paz Abubakar and Jerry Perez, president of the Liga ng mga Barangay, during the turnover of the cash and relief aid.

"We would like to thank the women of Sulu for another turnover. They were with us at the height of the siege, and they are still with us today," Salazar said, as she gratefully received the donations on behalf of the City Government.

The province of Sulu was among the first to respond to post-crisis emergency by donating over P3 million in cash and relief aid for the evacuees.

Sulu Vice Governor Abdusakur Tan said they are working in close coordination with the Sulu Provincial Women's Council and different civil society groups, among others, to send more aid for evacuees, especially the women and children, in Zamboanga City.

To date, the province of Sulu has donated approximately P5.2 million to the City Government, having earlier donated P3.2 million at the height of the MNLF attack in the city last September.

The MNLF infiltrated the city last September 9, supposedly to hoist its flag at the city hall. Government forces, however, prevented them from marching toward the city hall, triggering firefights that displaced hundreds of families in the city. (Bong Garcia/Sunnex)

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