The US government is set to donate an additional P182 million financial aid for the Filipinos affected by the five-month war in Marawi City last year.
US Ambassador Sung Kim has disclosed the state’s plan to provide more assistance in rebuilding Marawi.
The additional aid would bring the total contribution of the US government to P1.4 billion.
“Together with our partners on the ground, we will build transitional shelters, repair water and sanitation facilities, provide social support, establish safe spaces to protect women and children from exploitation and violence, and, hopefully, in the process, also help jumpstart the local economy,” Kim said on May 3.
Early this year, the embassy extended help by earmarking P330 million to supporting the Maranaos’ job skills and attain livelihoods.
Through US Agency for International Development (USAID), the US government has been showing its assistance for the fast rehabilitation of Marawi.
USAID’s early assistance involved restoring access to water and distributing desks for schools where displaced students are enrolled. It also provided health clinics in Marawi City and surrounding areas with supplies and services to combat tuberculosis and support maternal, newborn, and child health needs.