Photo: Jalanie S. Mimbala

ILIGAN CITY, November 15, 2017—More than rebuilding the physical structure, relationship building is important to the rehabilitation process of Marawi City said a former commissioner of Bangsamoro Transition Commission.

“Rebuild the community relationships,” said Samira Gutoc-Tomawis, a former assembly woman of Lanao del Sur and presently acts as the spokesperson of Ranao Rescue Team.

A peace advocate, Gutoc-Tomawis was the guest speaker at the coordination meeting of faith-based organizations (FBO) held at the Alphonsian Lay Formation Institute Building, Redemptorist Church in Iligan City on November 14, 2017.

Hosted by Duyog Marawi, the meeting was attended by 30 representatives from Caritas Philippines, Caritas Manila, Caritas U.S.A, Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC), National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) and the National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA) of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.

“Key areas of partnership were discussed: Coordination, participation in the help desk and grievances, adopt a barangay in Marawi, and peace advocacies,” said Reynaldo Barnido, the social action director of Duyog Marawi.

Activities like a possible assembly of internally displaced persons (IDPs), an orientation plan for cultural sensitivity, interfaith humanitarian response and international solidarity geared towards rehabilitating Marawi City were among the salient points discussed during the meeting.

The meeting also discussed the consolidation of a strategic communications plan that will accompany the rebuilding process of Marawi.

Commenting on the conduct of the meeting, Fr. Ricardo Valencia, Jr., of Caritas Manila said “in this particular group (FBOs)… we ended up like we know each other for a long time kasi iisa din naman ang hangarin, ang makatulong (Because we have the same aspiration, to help). (AM Acmad and JM Mauna / Duyog Marawi News)