Envoys, public-private partnerships spread hope, joy for Marawi residents
LANAO DEL SUR—The effects of last year’s fighting in Marawi City cannot simply be downplayed, especially upon seeing the devastation in what was once one of Mindanao’s most beautiful cities.
On Maundy Thursday, some members of the country’s diplomatic community visited a temporary shelter for evacuees at the Bahay Pag-Asa in Phase 2 of Marawi City’s Barangay Mipaga.
Brig. Gen. Arnold Fernandez (from left) of the AFP’s 54th Engineering Brigade, Khaykhamphithoune, Ranaraja, Kok, Ly, Sriphiromya, Suntay, Rashid and Mazumdar pose for a photo opportunity at the Hardin ng Lunas.
Despite their situation, the war victims’ faces reflected hope and happiness, as they will soon occupy the houses that were built for them by the Tarlac Heritage Foundation and the Chinese-Filipino Business Club (CFBC).
Ambassadors Kok Li Peng of Singapore, Aruni Ranaraja of Sri Lanka, Igor Anatolyevich Khovaev of Russia along with Press Secretary Natalia Naumova, Jaideep Mazumdar of India, Ly Quoc Tuanm of Vietnam, Aman Rashid of Pakistan and Phoxay Khaykhamphithoune of Lao PDR visited the 1-hectare Immediate Shelter and Accommodation housing complex.
Deputy Chief of Mission Urawadee Sriphiromya of the Royal Thai Embassy, who represented Ambassador Thanatip Upatising, accompanied the delegation.