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Govt-MILF Marawi rescue operations team reactivated as center for people’s concerns

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A MEMBER of the joint government-Moro Islamic Liberation Front rescue team (in red) shares a moment with a couple of the rescued civilians from Marawi City through the ‘Peace Corridor.’ — OPAPP

A TEAM that was instrumental in helping rescue hostages and trapped residents in Marawi City during the height of the siege last year has been reactivated to serve as a center for receiving concerns on the government’s rehabilitation program. In a statement last week, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process said the peace implementing panels of the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have tapped the Joint Coordination, Monitoring and Assistance Center “to establish a neutral platform and a mechanism for the people of Marawi City and the Lanao areas to raise their concerns to the government and participate in the efforts to rehabilitate and rebuild Marawi City and the Lanao areas.” During its launching in Marawi City, Deputy Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Nabil A. Tan said the new version of the center will “act as a sounding board for the people affected in the crisis and to help them recover.” The center will hold office within the Mindanao State University. “The MILF is here to continue to extend our modest help to our brothers and sisters,” said MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal, said the goal of the center is to become the venue in helping those affected by the siege to air their concerns to the government. The joint team helped rescue 255 civilians during the Marawi crisis and facilitated the entry of local and international humanitarian groups to some critical areas. — Carmelito Q. Francisco





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