By Kier Edison C. Belleza and Shadelle Delima
Cebu City – The Cebu City government and the private sector have started distributing the first batch of relief goods to at least 50 families who have fled battle-ravaged Marawi City and sought refuge in the city.
Each family received grocery packs worth P500 and will be given 10 kilos of rice once the sacks of rice are delivered by the city’s supplier.
Office of the Muslim’s Affairs and Indigenous Cultural Community (OMAICC) leader Ayaon Punot said the city government is working out the release of a P1-million aid to displaced Marawi residents.
Punot said there are 120 Maranao families staying with relatives and friends in Cebu.
Likewise, 27 personnel from the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) and City Health Department gave free consultation to the refugees at the city hall’s legislative building.
Basic medicines for fever, diarrhea and stomachache were also provided upon consultation. CCMC Hospital Administrator Kenneth Siasar said they will also conduct stress debriefing to the refugees, particularly the children.
Mayor Tomas Osmeña promised during the ceremonial welcoming of the evacuees the city government would also provide them with daily maintenance medicines.
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