24 October 2017
‘Set aside politics, doubt’
VP Leni calls for single system for all assistance for Marawi
Vice President Leni Robredo on Tuesday called for a single system that will manage all assistance that will be extended to Marawi City, with rehabilitation eyed there with the end of the months-long siege.
VP Leni stressed the importance of organization and convergence among all sectors in this endeavor, given the extent of damage in the city after 153 days of clashes between government forces and the Maute local terror group.
“Tingin ko crucial na ayusin, i-organisa, iyong rehabilitation. Hindi puwedeng kaniya-kaniyang trabaho. Tingin ko, whether gobyerno ka or whether private organization, isa lang iyong command, para napaplano iyong mabuti. At [dahil] parating limited iyong resources, para napapag-usapan kung sino iyong gagawa ng alin,” the Vice President told reporters at the sidelines of her visit to a fishing community in Bulan, Sorsogon.
VP Leni also reiterated her call for the government to include the residents of Marawi in the planning process, with efforts in line with their culture.
“Sana pakinggan iyong boses ng mga taga-doon. Mahalaga na sang-ayon sa paniniwala nila, sa kultura nila, sa kagustuhan nila, iyong pag-rehabilitate, kasi sila naman iyong makikinabang. Sila din iyong magdudusa kung mapasama,” she said.
The Vice President further urged government agencies and other sectors to set aside politics and differences, and unite in efforts to assist the residents.
“Iyong pinaka-essence ng lahat, sa panahon na kagipitan gaya ngayon, walang lugar para tayo ay mag-away-away pa… Ngayon na tutulungan natin iyong Marawi, sana iyong mga tutulong nagkakasundo din. Isantabi muna iyong pulitika, isantabi muna iyong pagdududa sa isa’t isa. Magkaisa muna para mas lalong mapabilis iyong pagtulong na makabangon muli iyong Marawi,” she said.
The Office of the Vice President has been present in Marawi even before the siege, with the local government’s inclusion in its Angat Buhay anti-poverty program. Amid the clashes, the OVP extended assistance to displaced residents, with VP Leni herself visiting them at evacuation centers.
The office has likewise committed to helping in the rehabilitation efforts, in partnership with its private partners, and is just waiting for clearance from concerned agencies.