Bakit PROC lang ba? Taiwan to provide aid to Marawi

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More help is coming to residents of conflict-hit Marawi City, this time from Taiwan.

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines said its humanitarian aid seeks to help residents recover from the five months of armed conflict.

It said it will collaborate with the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation in mounting a relief effort.

According to Taiwan representative to the Philippines Gary Song-huann Lin, the humanitarian aid will include 10,780 tons of rice and 400 makeshift homes.

He added Taiwan is ready to contribute to relief and reconstruction efforts in Marawi, with hopes those displaced by the fighting can get back to normal soonest.

Lin said the rice is expected to first arrive in Iligan City later this month, where local authorities will help distribute the aid to the affected Marawi folk.

Meanwhile, Tzu Chi volunteers will begin to scout around Marawi for sites for makeshift homes in February.

Construction will begin as soon as an ideal location is found to set up the homes, Lin said.

Also, Lin said he hoped the project could be completed in the first half of this year.

Marawi was the site of fighting between government troops and ISIS-inspired Maute group members from May to October.

More than one million people were reported displaced by the conflict.