Tricia Robredo, daughter of Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo, called on the public to also help children in Marawi City, especially the newborns.
Tricia saw the situation of evacuees when she visited the evacuation centers in Balo’i and Iligan City in Lanao del Norte and in Saguiaran in Lanao del Sur.
“A lot of the evacuees just gave birth in the evacuation centers, and so they badly need formula milk, diapers and also food. They have been getting canned goods and rice and are thankful for the aid, but they also need to eat nutritious food,” she said.
“I talked to one evacuee and they assured the public that they are being taken care of, but of course, it is really hard to live in evacuation centers. Since the space is limited, there are those who sleep on the floor,” Tricia added.
The Office of the Vice President (OVP) is in the process of facilitating help in the form of livelihood for Marawi evacuees who used to do tailoring jobs.
“The OVP is now profiling the mothers [who do tailoring]. There are cutters, there are sewers, so we need to give them what matches their skill because it would be difficult if the aid and their skill don’t match. We really need to enable livelihood so that they will be able to easily adjust once the Marawi crisis is over,” Tricia added.