Ilocos Norte extends support to 150 families of Marawi victimsAug 04, 2017
The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) extended financial assistance amounting to P150,000.00 last month to 150 families residing in Brgy. 1, Laoag City, which houses the province's Muslim community, in partnership with their Barangay Council.
Many members of the Muslim community are direct relatives of people caught in the ongoing siege in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur. The crisis, part of the decades-long Moro conflict in Mindanao, has displaced over 400,000 residents of the city and nearby areas, and killed more than 500 military troops, terrorists, and civilians.
Funds came from donations "mula sa aking mga pamilya rin," said Governor Imee R. Marcos, "at continuous ang atingfundraising para sa kamag-anak nila.
"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," she explained.
She also expressed the need to continue extending help to Ilocano soldiers harmed in the Marawi siege, narrating how the V. Luna General Hospital or the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Medical Center has over 600 severely injured soldiers.
"Although hindi sila lahat taga Ilocos Norte, marami sa kanila ay Ilocano pa rin," she also emphasized insufficiency of medicines, prosthetics, bandages, and other medical supplies and equipment: "Tulong-tulong tayo diyan dahil alam nating natatagalan din ang gobyerno na magbigay ng tulong.
"This is another thing that we have to work on: the Ilocano soldiers suffering in V. Luna in very, very difficult circumstances, as well as our Maranao brothers who are directly related to those living here in Laoag."
"Youth-for-youth" effort for Marawi studes
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 by conducting the "TEENaray: Bardaka Run 2017" on August 12, coinciding with International Youth Day (IYD).
As the 2017 IYD's theme is "Youth Building Peace," it "is very timely with the challenges our brothers and sisters from Marawi City are facing. Many of the children and youth cannot go to school, and those who can don't have bags, pens or paper to use," says SIKA President James Ceasar Ventura.
He explained that SIKA wants to celebrate "in a more purposeful way."
The fun run will begin at 4:00pm at the Marcos Memorial Stadium on Ablan Avenue, Laoag City. Participants will also partake in candlelighting ceremonies after, as well as a free concert with a local band.
Interested participants for the TEENaray: Barkada Run 2017 may visit the SIKA Membership Desk located at the Ilocos Norte Youth Development Office (INYDO) in Marcos Stadium.
Registration Fees are as follows
P690 for Trio Entry (three runners)
P900 for Quad Entry (four runners)
P1,100 for Barkada Entry (five runners)