ILIGAN CITY – The office of Vice President Leni Robredo has vowed to provide aid to families who fled conflict-stricken Marawi City, among them women weavers who had lost their livelihood.
Weavers displaced from Barangay Dayawan in war-torn Marawi City will be given sewing machines to allow them to make clothing, including dresses and hijabs, in time for the celebration of Eid'l Fitr, or the end of Ramadan, on June 26.
The women weavers are among 30 displaced families staying in Barangay Tubod after they fled Marawi City due to fighting between government forces and terrorist groups.
The evacuees, forced to stay with relatives here, received sacks of rice, medicine, and free medical advice following consultation with Georgina Hernandez, Robredo's representative.
Dayawan Barangay Chairman Sahrani Mutin said the evacuees had left most of their possessions in their homes, as they hurried to leave Marawi City fearing for their lives. He appealed for help for his constituents, saying they have barely received aid from the government.
More than 300,000 residents have fled Marawi City as clashes continued between government troops and the Islamic State-linked Maute and Abu Sayyaf Groups for nearly a month now.