CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Governor Lilia Pineda is planning to extend the Kapampangan Christmas cheer to Maranao brothers and sisters in Marawi City through a personal visit to Ground Zero.
Pineda said she, and other Provincial Government officials, are planning to visit Marawi City this December to check on the situation, extend their sympathy with residents and extend any possible aid.
“Gusto kong pumunta. Gusto kong makita ‘yung Ground Zero. Tinitignan ko ngayon December para maiabot na din namin ‘yung pamasko natin para sa kanila,” she said.
The governor also said the Provincial Board has realigned P3-million from the province’s calamity budget as donation to the affected residents who are mostly still staying at evacuation centers.
She said the funds may be used to purchase basic goods for the residents who lost everything due to the five-month long war, or can be donated in cash for the beneficiaries’ full utilization.
Aside from the P3-million donation for displaced civilians, Pineda said another P3.8-million will be released by the PB for the wounded soldiers who risked their lives for the liberation of Marawi City.
“Para iyon sa mga soldiers na naputol ang paa o nagkaroon ng serious injuries at hindi na makabalik sa trabaho nila. Parang pasasalamat na din natin sa kanila sa sakripisyo nila para sa bansa natin (This is for all the soldiers whose feet were severed, or may have serious injuries, and who cannot return to work. It is also a form of gratitude for the sacrifices they have offered our country),” she said.
More than 350,000 people from and around Marawi were displaced because of the crisis, which ended on October 23 when government troops killed the remaining Maute gunmen inside a mosque.
Most of the evacuees have already returned to what remained in their communities, but there were still some who were left in make shift evacuation centers due to total destruction of their shelters and lack of other possible support networks.