Operation Sagip

Operation Sagip Makes Rehab Plans for Marawi

Althea Cahayag
December 15, 2017

After reaching out to more than 24,000 families affected by the conflict in Marawi with relief operations, and assisting soldiers with close to 4,000 hygiene kits, Operation Sagip of ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc. (ALKFI) starts to make rehabilitation plans to help the city and its residents.

Last November 12 of last year, a telethon for the campaign dubbed as Tulong Na, Tayo Na, Para sa Marawi was held in ABS-CBN’s noontime show ASAP where in Operation Sagip raised more than 12 million pesos. According to Susan Bautista-Afan, ALKFI’s Managing Director, they will replicate what they have done in Yolanda communities through the donations they received. “Our rehabilitation projects start with giving people livelihood and a place where hopefully, they can start living peacefully again together.

“(In Yolanda areas), marami na tayong nagawang classrooms. Ang ating mga classroom ay multi-functional. Meron tayong provisions for a kitchen and medical help.” (We have done a number of classrooms in Yolanda areas and these classrooms are multi-functional. They have provisions for a kitchen and for medical help.)

With the design of Yolanda classrooms, Operation Sagip plans to build classrooms in Marawi that has a total floor area of 1,150sqm and can withstand 300kph of wind and at least 7.2 magnitude of earthquake. They can also serve as evacuation centers.

On the other hand, part of the rehabilitation plans of the emergency and humanitarian program includes a partnership with Liwanag ng Kapayapaan Foundation, Inc. (LKFI), headed by Kapamilya actor Robin Padilla. Under the partnership, ALKFI-Operation Sagip shall allot and give LKFI 25% of the total cash donations received from the Tulong Na, Tayo Na, Para sa Marawi campaign covering the period of November 12 until December 31, 2017. LKFI, under its Tinding Marawi campaign, shall use the donation to address the permanent housing needs of the residents of Marawi City.

Operation Sagip and Liwanag ng Kapayapaan Foundation’s MOA signing. L-R: Higino Dungo, Jr. (Operation Sagip’s Program Director), Robin Padilla (Liwanag ng Kapayapaan Foundation Inc.’s President), Cory Vidanes (ABS-CBN’s Chief Operating Officer), Susan Bautista-Afan (ALKFI’s Managing Director), and Noemi Samson (ALKFI’s Chief Finance Officer)

LKFI’s President Robin Padilla believes that land ownership is one of the things that has to be addressed in the rehabilitation of the city. “Sa una, ito po ay ibibli natin ng lupa, mga mahal kong kababayan. Sapagkat ayoko pong tumanggap ng donasyon galing sa gobyerno. Marami na pong nangyaring ganyan na binigay ng gobyerno, nagpalit ng presidente, binawi yung lupa. (To start, we will buy lands for our fellow countrymen. I don’t want to accept donations from the government. We already had instances where the government gave lands as properties then when a new president came, the lands were taken back.)

“Kung sino po ‘yung aawardan nating tao, sa kanila natin ipapangalan ‘yung mga lupang pagbibiyakin-biyakin natin hindi po natin ibibigay ng lupang buo sa isang tao. Pipiliin po natin kung sinong mga tao,” the actor stated. (We will name the land to whom we will award it. We will choose who will receive the parts of the land.)

Likewise, Afan thanked the partnership that made the Tulong Na, Tayo Na, Para sa Marawi telethon possible and to everyone who supported the cause.

“Ang mga kasama natin dito ay sina Robin Padilla, Piolo Pascual, and Director Joyce Bernal. Without them, hindi ito mabubuo. Thank you so much for the collaboration.

“The trust of the Filipino people is so important to us so we thank everybody from the bottom of our hearts for the continue to support that you have for Lingkod Kapamilya.” Afan exclaimed.

To know more or donate for Marawi rehabilitation projects of Operation Sagip, visit www.abs-cbnfoundation.com.