The Vietnamese government has given out about 200 metric tons (MT) or 200,000 kilos of rice to the Philippines for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Marawi City.
The rice donation was received by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Northern Mindanao.
DSWD-Northern Mindanao Regional Director Nestor Briones Ramos, who is also the Assistant Program Manager for Special Operations in Marawi and other Affected Localities, accepted the support of Vietnam in the agency’s relief efforts for displaced families due to the five-month war that took place in Marawi City last year.
“Your generosity and assistance will go a long way in the continuous provision of needed relief to the displaced residents who will be returning to their respective homes in the city,” Ramos said.
DSWD OIC Secretary Emmanuel Leyco likewise welcomed the donation which according to him will be an aid to the department to ensure that survivors of the armed conflict will be given adequate food.
“We would like to express our gratitude to the government of Vietnam for helping us to continuously respond to the basic needs of the displaced residents of Marawi. The rice donation will help us ensure food security for the IDPs, which our field offices in Northern Mindanao and SOCCSKSAGEN regions continue to serve,” Leyco said.
Around 8,000 sacks of rice weighing 25 kilos each have been turned over to the DSWD warehouse in Iligan City.