Moving forward: Helping the people of Marawi get back on their feet


Posted at Aug 30 2017 12:45 AM | Updated as of Aug 30 2017 12:28 PM

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Months since the Marawi crisis broke out, plans to rehabilitate the besieged city are already in the pipeline, even if clashes have yet to end.

Zia Alonto Adiong, spokesperson of the Lanao Del Sur crisis management committee, said the provincial government has held several meetings to discuss livelihood aid for tens of thousands of displaced Marawi residents.

"You cannot rehabilitate an area physically without even helping the people," he said in an interview on ANC Tuesday.
Adiong said livelihood training sessions are being given to evacuees to help them get back on their feet once the fighting ends.

He also urged the national government to include livelihood assistance among its rehabilitation plans as well as financial aid to help the people start up their businesses again.
"We cannot allow to limit the opportunities of these people," he said.

A total of 792 people, mostly terror suspects, have died since clashes erupted between state forces and Islamic State-inspired extremists last May 23. 

The battle for Marawi marks its 100th day Wednesday.