Catholic bishops launch rehab program for Marawi

Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 19 2017 09:49 PM

Smoke bellows from buildings in Marawi City's central district following aerial attacks from government forces. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA- The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines-National Secretariat for Social Action (CBCP-NASSA) will not wait for the crisis in Marawi City to end and announced Tuesday the launch of its own rehabilitation program for the war-torn city.

"Duyog Marawi," aims to focus on lakeside communities within the vicinity of Marawi City that were affected by the conflict. "Duyog" is a Cebuano term for accompaniment.

Fr. Edwin Gariguez, executive secretary of NASSA, urged dioceses to adopt communities in Lanao del Sur. 

"Focus is not on hardware but on peace-building. Prelature has been able to come up with a rehabilitation program, more on partnership with dioceses," he said.

Thirteen communities that their livelihood due to the conflict were identified by the Church organization. These are Sultan Naga Dimaporo, Malabang, Balabagan, Picong, Marantao, Balindong, Bacolod-Calawi, Madamba, Ganassi, Calanogaas, Marogong, Kapatagan, and Tugaya.

Help will also be extended to the Mindanao State University community and the Balo-i Cathedral community.
Bishop Edwin dela Peña said during his recent trip to Rome, he was with chairman Al Hadj Murad of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front who gave assurance that they will help in providing security. 

"They expressed full support in program of ours, Duyog Marawi, everybody came in full support," Dela Peña said.

Gariguez said several dioceses committed to the program, which will require around P700,000 for each community. 

The amount will be used to buy sacks of rice, hygiene packs, peace education kits, and sports equipment as tools for a psycho-social program.