Office of the Vice President
July 13, 2017
Representing Vice President Leni Robredo, one of her daughters paid a visit to residents of Marawi City who had fled their homes amid ongoing clashes.
Tricia Robredo joined her mother’s staff during the two-day trip, which saw turnovers of donations from various private partners, coursed through the Office of the Vice President’s flagship program, Angat Buhay.
VP Leni’s daughter said she came there to know about the situation of evacuees from Marawi, one of OVP’s Angat Buhay local government partners.
“Ever since pumutok iyong nangyari nga sa atin ngayon, gusto ko rin naman makita iyong nangyayari on the ground, and opportunity rin to meet the residents … Tiningnan namin kung ano iyong mga pangangailangan, at siyempre nakausap namin iyong mga evacuees,” she said.
During her visit, Tricia went around several evacuation centers, where she was warmly received by the evacuees, including children, many of whom had to stop schooling; parents, especially mothers, who are yearning to get their livelihood back; and camp managers and volunteers who are assisting the evacuees.
Many of them thanked Tricia for the visit, which they said meant a lot to them at this time. Others asked her to convey their requests and their gratitude to VP Leni as well.
“[I]yong mga nandito po, nakikita natin… Kausap ko iyong mga bata kahapon. Basta may bumibisita lang daw sa kanila, masaya na daw sila,” she said.
“Noong nag-iikot tayo, nakita ko po iyong ginagawa ng staff natin. Kinakausap nila… Halimbawa, kahapon, mayroon silang kausap na mga nanay. Iyong mga nanay po na evacuees natin, nawala iyong mga tailoring job nila sa Marawi. So iyon, nag-iisip ng livelihood programs iyong Office of the Vice President, ano iyong mga puwede nilang maitulong—sewing machines o kung ano pa man na puwede—para hindi lang puro relief iyong ibigay, pero matulungan din silang i-build up iyong puwedeng mangyari sa rehabilitation process na rin. Para matulungan silang mag-recover, mabalik iyong dati nilang ginagawa, para mas mapabilis na iyong pag-adjust kapag natapos na ito,” she added.
Among the sites that Tricia visited was one in Saguiaran, a town adjacent to and located some 15 minutes away from Marawi.
The municipality, also a local government partner under Angat Buhay, has taken in 5,522 families from the neighboring city. Majority of the evacuees are home-based, while 827 other families are staying in evacuation centers.
Tricia was able to check on some of the 366 families currently staying at the covered court cluster near the municipal hall. She was welcomed by Mayor Macmod Muti, who told her about their experience of hosting these evacuees, and joined VP Leni’s staff in distributing some 1,200 pairs of slippers to them.
The OVP is also looking into extending an integrated support for the local government, including livelihood and temporary shelter for evacuees.
Tricia was also able to visit two evacuation sites in the town of Balo-i, which came a month after her mother’s own trip to the area.
The OVP turned over school supplies at the Al Markazie Islamic Institute, which the children themselves have requested from VP Leni during her visit there. The donation, which includes school bags and shoes, came from Children’s Hour.
Tricia also sat down for a short dialogue with women evacuees who are asking for livelihood assistance.
Meanwhile, five water filters from the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) were turned over to the Maahad Abdel Azis evacuation site, which currently houses some 216 families.