By Claire R. Gigje
MARAWI CITY, May 21–As part of the commitment and support to the commemoration of the week-long Marawi Week of Peace, the Lombay Ka Marawi (LKM) along with the IMCCC Center for Community Extension and Social Development Services, Inc. (ICES-Dev), its founding organization, delivered relief goods and solar lamps to internally displaced persons (IDPs) in transitory shelters, May 20.
About 300 residents benefitted from the pushed effort.
Zainoden Bazar, LKM president, said among the temporary sites in the city, Dulay Proper Transitory Shelter in B arangay Dulay, Pontoon Gadongan Transitory Shelters in Barangay Gadongan, and Lake View Transitory Shelter were visited for the said distribution.
Dulay Proper and Pontoon Gagongan Transitory shelters received five kilos of rice and grocery packs while Lake View Transitory Shelter had five kilos of rice and solar lamps.
Bazar said IDPs in Lake View Transitory Shelter were especially given solar lamps as these were requested for a long time already.
“Actually, iyang solar [lamp] na iyan, matagal na nilang hinihingi iyan. May nag-donate ng 102 na solar [lamps]. Iyan po ang binigay namin sa Boganga dahil matagal na nila na hinihingi nila sa amin (The IDPs have been asking for the solar lamps for quite a time now. There are 102 solar lamps donated. These are what we gave to Boganga because they have asking for these for a very long time),” he said.
With this, beneficiaries delivered their gratefulness to the given goods and lamps.
“Sobrang nagpapasalamat po kami kasi ngayon, may solar [lamp] na kami. Ngayon, hindi na kami matatakot kasi makikita namin lahat ng dumadaan tuwing gabi. Nagpapasalamat din kami kasi ngayong pandemic, andyan ang LKM na tumutulong sa amin. Nagpapasalamat din kami sa lahat ng partners ng LKM,” expressed Aisah Calalagan, chapter president of Lake View Transitory Shelter.
(We are really thanking because now, we already have a solar [lamp]. Now, we will not be afraid anymore because we can already see the passers every night. We are also thankful because during this time’s pandemic, the LKM is there to help us. We are also thankful to all the partners of the LKM)
On the other hand, Bazar thanked TFBM and the rest of its partner organizations for helping them realize their endeavors.
“Kami ay nagpapasalamat sa Task Force Bangon [Marawi]. Sa partners naman ng LKM, kami po ay buong nagpapasalamat sa inyo dahil mula’t sapul, four years na ngayon, hindi niyo kami iniwan na mga IDP,” he conveyed.
(We are thankful to Task Force Bangon [Marawi]. To the partners also of the LKM, we are wholeheartedly thankful to you because ever since, it has already been four years now, you did not leave us IDPs)
Along with his sincerest gratitude, Bazar also called on his fellow IDPs to unite and help in the city’s rehabilitation instead of attacking the government.
“Magkaisa tayo. Huwag na tayong magbatikos sa ating gobyerno. Tulungan nalang natin sila kung paano matapos ang rehabilitasyon sa Marawi,” he urged.
(Let us unite. Let us not talk against the government. Let us just help them on how to finish the rehabilitation of Marawi)
Meanwhile, Esmeralda Padagas, ICES-Dev field coordinator, conveyed her high hopes on behalf of her organizations and their partners that IDPs may already have permanent shelters that they all long for.
“Ang mensahe sa ICES-Dev ug sa tanang partners nga makaangkon na tanan ug IDPs ug permanent shelters katong naa pa sa temporary shelter karon. Musulod na dayon ang ilahang panginabuhian, ang livelihood. Manghinaot ang partners niana ug ang Iligan Medical Center College ug ang Lombay Ka Marawi,” she said.
(The message of ICES-Dev and all the partners that all IDPs may acquire already permanent shelters for those who are still in temporary shelters up until now. Livelihood will then enter. The partners will hope for that and the Iligan Medical Center College and the Lombay Ka Marawi)
The LKM, as a non-government organization (NGO) of IDPs founded by the ICES-Dev and now grouped into ten chapters, have numerous national and international NGO partners, including Partnership of Philippine Support Service Agencies Inc. (PhilSSA), Alternative Planning Initiatives (ALTERPLAN), Development Innovation Ventures (DIV), and Danish International Human Settlement Service. Phippine Information Agency