CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Provincial Government of Pampanga has vowed to donate P6 million for the rehabilitation of the terrorist-stricken Marawi City in Mindanao.
Governor Lilia Pineda said that as early as end of June, she already asked the Provincial Council to appropriate funds for Pampanga’s contribution in rebuilding Marawi City, which was greatly devastated by the clashes between Maute group, who pledged allegiance to Isis, and government forces.
“Talagang may pondo ang Kapitolyo dyan, humingi ako sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan para makatulong talaga tayo doon,” Pineda said.
The governor added that she and other Provincial Government officials were set to fly to Marawi City to personally extend their sympathy and provide assistance to the local government and affected residents.
But the group were advised by the Department of Social Welfare and Development to postpone it until the situation is settled.
“Ang sabi sa amin, huwag muna. Masyado pang magulo at delikado. Baka imbes makatulong, mas makagulo pa kami doon,” Pineda said.
"But once the condition is under control, we will personally go in Marawi City to check on the residents and see what more can the Provincial Government of Pampanga to aid the victims," she added.
The crisis in Marawi City, which has been going on for almost two months now, has already destroyed almost all government and private infrastructures due to continuous gunfight and airstrikes.
To date, 105 soldiers and at least 400 rebels were killed with some 40 bodies were identified to be civilians.
The National Government is preparing P20 billion for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the Marawi City.