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Inside the evacuation center in Balo-i town, Lanao del Norte. Davao Today file photo by Alex D. Lopez

Palace urged to spend funds for Marawi city

DAVAO City — Recent report of unspent funds for Marawi City has resurrected the anger and frustration of victims, not only of the Marawi City fighting in 2017, but also of the other victims of calamities where billions of funds have been reported coming in from donor nations and private groups but whose actual assistance remained begging for answers as to where it went.

A group of Moro residents of Marawi City aired their frustration over the unspent donations funds of P36,920,725 with only P10,000 has been released as financial assistance to only one beneficiary of a dead victim of the Marawi siege, based on the report of the Commission on Audit.

The Moro Consensus Group said “it deprived thousands of IDPs (internally displaced persons) whose conditions last year could have been alleviated had the donation been used for their basic needs” talking about the unutilized donation that the government assured to be intact and were kept in the bank.

It said the unspent fund and the other P10 billion funds allocated under the General Appropriations Act for Marawi rehabilitation in 2018 to Bangon Marawi Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Program “should be used for rehabilitation and assistance of every Marawi residents affected by the war”

The group pointed out that the donations should be spent to the more than a hundred thousand IDPs with the majority of them still living in the tent city and other evacuation areas in and out of Marawi City.

“We appeal to the government to use the remaining 36.91 million donations to alleviate the plight of the Marawi Siege victims as this were the purpose of the donation in the first place. We also want to know exactly how much of the 10-billion peso the budget allocated for the Bangon Marawi Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Program last year was actually released,” the Moro Consensus Group said in a statement signed by Drieza Lininding. (davaotoday.com)

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