Ilocos Norte provincial government extends assistance to Muslim families affected by Marawi siege

LAOAG CITY – The provincial government of Ilocos Norte has extended financial assistance to 150 Muslim families whose direct relatives are caught in the ongoing siege in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur.

Governor Imee R. Marcos personally visited affected families residing in the Muslim community in Barangay 1 this city, to extend the provincial government’s assistance amounting to P150,000.00.

Marcos said the assistance came from donations “mula sa aking mga pamilya rin at continuous ang ating fund raising para sa kamag-anak nila (affected Muslim victims)”.

The Marawi City siege has displaced over 400,000 residents and killed more than 500 military troops, terrorists, and civilians.

“Yung mga nasa Ilocos, mga Ilocanong Maranao, mga pinsang buo rin ng mga grupo sa Marawi na na-evacuate kung saan-saan. Sila’y nagkakasakit, nahihirapan, yung iba namatay na nga, kaya’t tuloy-tuloy tayo (assistance),” Marcos said.

She also expressed the need to continue extending help to Ilocano soldiers wounded in the Marawi siege, stressing that over 600 injured soldiers are being treated at the V. Luna General Hospital and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Medical Center.

“Although hindi sila lahat taga-Ilocos Norte, marami sa kanila ay Ilocano pa rin,” she said as she emphasized the insufficiency of medicines, prosthetics, bandages, and other medical supplies and equipment for the wounded soldiers.

“Tulong-tulong tayo diyan dahil alam nating natatagalan din ang gobyerno na magbigay ng tulong,” she stressed.

Meanwhile, the province’s youth sector through the Sirib Ilokano Kabataan Association (SIKA) has also taken initiative to extend help to displaced pupils and students of Marawi City with a fun run to be held on August 12, 2017, to coincide with International Youth Day (IYD).

This year’s theme is “Youth Building Peace”.

SIKA President James Ceasar Ventura. said that “TEENaray: Bardaka Run 2017” will be held to help our brothers and sisters from Marawi City especially the children and youth who cannot go to school, and those who don’t have bags, pens or paper to use.

The fun run will start at 4:00pm at the Marcos Memorial Stadium on Ablan Avenue, Laoag City with runners also partaking in candlelighting ceremonies after, A free concert with a local band will be held later in the evening. (Tawid News, with the report of Mizpah Grace G. Castro, PGIN-CMO)