Assistance needed for Marawi evacuees in Negros Oriental

AS THOUSANDS fled Marawi City following the ongoing clash between the government troopers and Maute terror group, some displaced families who sought refuge in Negros Oriental are in need of assistance.

Elena Serenias, head of Negros Occidental Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO), said that her counterpart in Negros Oriental told her Friday that they need help for some 100 Marawi evacuees in the adjacent province.

They said they only have few food supplies and relief goods left for the Marawi residents who are staying at the evacuation center and in the houses of their relatives in Dumaguete City, she added.

Serenias said the PSWDO there is asking if the Negros Occidental Provincial Government through her office could send some relief goods, adding that they had been “managing” the food of some displaced families since last week.

She said that she is planning to visit the Marawi evacuees and “check their situation” there so they would know what food items they could provide.

Meanwhile, Serenias said that the Provincial Government in Bacolod City continues to receive donations for the displaced families in Marawi City.

The preferred donations include halal food packs and bottled water, hygiene kits, batteries/power banks, flashlights/portable lamps, first aid kits, blankets, and sleeping mats.

Drop-off centers include the Provincial Capitol lobby, Provincial Administration Center lobby, and PSWDO.

Moreover, the Provincial Government is set to send its P1 million financial assistance to Marawi.

The appropriation, which was sourced from the subsidy fund for local government units released through assistance and grants, was approved by the Provincial Board last Wednesday.

Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. reiterated his appeal to his constituents to extend help to the affected residents of Marawi.