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Private companies pledge help in rebuilding Marawi City

Children at an evacuation center in Iligan City take part in recreational activities. Many drew images depicting houses and villages left behind when the clashes erupted in Marawi City on May 23. Photo from the Department of Education

MANILA, Philippines — Several private companies have signified to help rebuild the war-torn Marawi City on Friday.

Philippine Business for Social Progress head Rey Laguda stressed that coordination among the government and private sector is crucial in the effort to rehabilitate Marawi City.

"When different players, actors are going around, a lot of demand on recognition and sensitivity in context is needed," Laguda said in the United for Marawi event, organized by the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation and other advocacy groups, in Makati City.

The PBSP identified the three key areas where help is needed: social, economic and infrastructure.

Under social are education, health, shelter, emergency supplies, peace-building and human security. Economic factors are livelihood, market revival, Islamic financing, while in infrastructure, help is needed in utilities and socio-economic infrastructure.

More than 201,000 residents of the provincial capital of Lanao del Sur were affected by the five-month fighting between government forces and militant terrorists. Of them are 86,772 children who had to stop going to class because of the seige on Marawi by Maute and Abu Sayyaf terror groups.

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Task Force Bangon Marawi chief Eduardo Del Rosario said that San Miguel Corporation has already pledged to build 5,000 permanent shelters for Marawi survivors.

Del Rosario said that the government is looking into giving 500 to 600 shelters to affected Marawi residents by December.

Representatives from the following companies signified to help Marawi through their donations:

  • PLDT Smart Voyager
  • Udenna Corporation
  • Gabay Guro
  • Front Learners Inc.
  • FF Cruz and Co. Inc.
  • Pacific Global One Aviation
  • Aboitiz
  • Jollibee Foods Corp.
  • BFBCI
  • Pepsi Cola Philippines
  • World Vision
  • Cebuana Lhuilier

Among the pledges are classrooms, temporary learning centers, scholarships for Marawi students, solar and gasera lamps.

The companies were also encouraged to coordinate with Marawi City Mayor Majul Usman Gandamra, who was also present in the event, in coordinating with their donations.

Del Rosario earlier said that rehabilitation and rebuilding in the battle-scarred city will start mid-2018.

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