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Shelter, livelihood program for Marawi victims launched

by MyProperty.phPublished: November 3, 2017Updated: November 3, 2017

The advocacy aims to increase awareness of, and aid to, victims of the recently ended siege

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In an effort to help rebuild the war-torn city of Marawi, a shelter and livelihood program called Tindig Marawi was launched recently by celebrity and Mindanao peace advocate Robin Padilla. A personal project of the actor, the goal is to create heightened awareness on the critical needs of the people of Marawi despite the recent government’s declaration of the end of the siege.

“Ang Mindanao at kapayapaan ay dalawang bagay na malapit sa aking puso,” Padilla shared at the Tindig Marawi press launch, to explain the personal impact of the five-month Marawi siege.

Unknown to many, Padilla has already started helping those displaced by the war, which started May of this year, by gathering relief goods from friends, relatives, and private companies. The actor also recently donated Php5 million for the psycho-social intervention of the kids of Marawi, and has personally distributed Php5 million worth of relief goods to affected families.

Despite these efforts, Padilla admits more help is needed, hence the creation of Tindig Marawi. According to the actor, the worst thing that could happen is for the public to forget that the people of the devastated city still need help rebuilding.

“Ang Tindig Marawi po ay isang kilusan, hindi po ito pansariling  pagkilos ko lamang. Inaanyayahan ko po ang lahat na tumulong para sa pagbangon at pagtindig na muli ng Marawi. Natapos man po ang digmaan, napakalaki pa rin po ng kanilangang pangangailangan. Bahay, hanapbuhay, pagkain, ospital, paaralan—napakarami pong nawasak sa Marawi at malawakang pagtulong po ang kailangan para makatindig silang muli,” Padilla said.

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At the Tindig Marawi press conference. From left: GeiserMaclang Marketing Communications, Inc.'s Amor Maclang; interfaith peace advocate Dr. Potre Diampuan, actor and Mindanao peace advocate Robin Padilla, Lamudi managing director and CEO Bhavna Suresh, and FINTQ managing director Lito Villanueva

During the event, a memorandum of agreement was signed between Tindig Marawi and global property portal Lamudi and financial technology company FINTQ. Lamudi will establish a portal that will serve as a fund-raising platform for the rebuilding of shelters in Marawi. FINTQ, through their community and income building program Kasama Ka, will aid the Marawi victims in regaining their livelihood and facilitate organic farming and micro business training. FINTQ will also kick-start the Tindig Marawi Livelihood Fund, which aims to raise a minimum of Php10 million to be used as seed money to assist the people of Marawi in starting or rebuilding their businesses.

Also present during the press conference was interfaith peace advocate Dr. Potre Diampuan, who shared with the media the three things that the Maranaos urgently need: shelter, subsistence, and sustainability.

Padilla hopes to use Tindig Marawi as a springboard to generate more support from private individuals, corporations, and organizations to support and help in the rebuilding of the Lanao del Sur capital. While industry colleagues such as actor Piolo Pascual and director Joyce Bernal have already donated to the Tindig Marawi fund, Padilla is hopeful that more people will follow suit.

“Umaasa ako na sana’y itong proyekto nating Tindig Marawi ay maka-antig sa puso ng ating mga kababayan na tumulong sa mga kapatid nating naapektuhan sa katatapos lang na labanan sa Marawi,” Padilla said.

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