MANILA - The United States government is giving an additional $4.5 million or P234 million in aid to residents of Marawi City, where Islamic terrorists launched a 5-month siege there in 2017.
In a statement, the US embassy in Manila said the assistance will not only help the 50,000 displaced residents in Marawi but also 9,000 refugees in Maguindanao.
The aid, through the US Agency for International Development Aid(USAID), will help provide maternal, newborn, and child health supplies to evacuation centers. USAID said they will also help expand water and sanitation services, and improve safe spaces for women and children.
The US consulate said that after 33,000 residents have been provided with emergency shelter assistance, 2,600 more people will be served.
The assistance brings up to US' total donations to $63.6 million or P3.4 billion in support of "humanitarian initiatives" following the siege.
US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim said the aid reflects his country's "strong bond with the Philippines as friends, partners, and allies.”
The siege of Marawi, perpetrated by Islamic State-linked bandits from May to October 2017, left 1,100 people dead.
The firefights left much of the once bustling urban and cultural center in ruins. Government's rehabilitation efforts are ongoing.
- With reports from Chiara Zambrano, ABS-CBN News