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Sunday, June 11, 2017

DSWD prepares Ramadan relief packs for IDPs from Marawi

By Venus L. Garcia

ILIGAN CITY/MINDANAO HOUR, June 11 (PIA) – In giving consideration for the fundamental needs of the Muslim evacuees who took shelter in the safe temporary shelters after marching off from the war-torn communities in Marawi City, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will be preparing Ramadan relief packs intended in this most blessed month when strict fasting is observed.

Evelyn Madrio, DSWD-10 representative, relayed in a press conference held here on Saturday at the Regional Command and Coordination Center, that they are “in the process of preparing the Ramadan food packs (halal food) for the Muslim internally displaced persons (IDPs). These will contain variety of foods to be eaten during the observance of Ramadan.”

This has shown proof of the passionate commitment to the principle of sharing food with respect to sensitivity on belief and culture. “Though we treated all as equal and with diplomacy in diversity, we have to understand more of their necessities,” said Madrio.

She added that as soon as it is approved and ready, relief distribution will immediately follow as the agency don’t want delay in their services. “As part of our mandate and relief aid operations, we are ensuring that our Muslim brothers and sisters will not be deprived from these privileges,” Madrio added.

Meanwhile, speaking on the security concern, Col. Cerilo Thomas Donato, assistant division commander of 1st Infantry Division, Phil. Army also urged the public not to be deceived by the black propaganda/hoax/misinformation of the Maute group believers through their posts on social media which could cause panic to affected communities.

He also emphasized that until this 19th day of existing battle against the Maute,the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has heightened its security measures to continually protect the lives of the people. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)