Russia, nagbigay ng libo-libong sakong bigas, asukal, at mga pagkain sa Marawi City

P69 million worth of aid intended for the IDP’s (Internally Displaced Persons) of the war-torn Marawi City, including those affected by two recent typhoons has been turned over by the Russian Government, led by the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Republic of the Philippines, Mr. Igor Anatolyevich, who was accompanied by Mr. Igor Veselov of the of the Department of Internal Activity of the Ministry of Russian Federation for Civil Defense, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters, in a turn-over ceremony held last Thursday.

Present in the ceremony were, Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Assistant Secretary Felix Castro Jr., Atty. Khanini Gadambra, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Undersecretary Ernesto C. Abella, Iligan City Mayor Celso G. Regencia and Lusviminda Ilagan, undersecretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The donated goods consist of 2,000 bags of rice, 2,460 bags of sugar, 208,035 cans of milk, 130,815 cans of canned meat, and 2,955 pieces of processed softwood, which arrived in three batches early this month.

“We fully support the Philippines especially Marawi city in their struggle against terrorism,” Mr. Anatolyevich said.

In behalf of the Russian Federation, Veselov told the local and national officials their willingness to help for the the victims in Marawi City and the development of the Philippines.

“We are ready to extend our help and partnership for the development of your country,” Veselov said.

The Russian assistance was handed to Ilagan, wherein she also expressed her gratitude to the Russian Government for their help, telling them that those displaced by the recent tropical storms that hit Lanao provinces would also benefit.

“We welcome the Russian Federation’s support to our efforts to respond to the needs of the IDP’s of various disaster, especially those affected by Marawi Crisis,” Ilagan said.
“The assistance will be very important to so many who have lost their homes and sources of livelihood due to the five-month armed conflict.” She added.

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