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Aid for Lanao Sur evacuees sufficient

The government assured there will be sufficient resources for internally displaced persons in Lanao del Sur despite failure of military to reach its target to liberate Marawi last Saturday.

Task Force Bangon Marawi Spokesperson Kristoffer James Purisima said relief assistance to evacuees continues and it will not stop even if the fighting ends.

“We’re prepared to stretch our resources and to augment our resources as needed,” said Purisima during the regular Mindanao Hour press briefing in Malacañan.

Hindi tayo titigil kahit tumagal pa o malapit ng matapos ang kaguluhan sa Marawi ‘no. Hindi natin ito tinitingnan basta patuloy ang ating focus sa ating mga (evacuees),” he added.

He noted the continuous construction of transitional shelters to provide evacuees with comfortable dwellings as soon as possible.

Basta may matapos ng significant number of transitional shelters, ita-transfer na natin sila palabas ng evacuation centers papunta doon sa transitional shelter site,” said Purisima.

He said the National Housing Authority is “on target” to finish the first portion of the project, which include 1,500 transitional shelters. (pnd)


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