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November 17, 2013

Who said the Maranaos are impoverished people?

After Maranao groups have extended their aid to the Yolanda survivors, it seems they are not that poor at all.

And I don’t know if it is a coincidence, but not long ago, Lanao del Sur Governor Mamintal A. Adiong, Jr., in a press conference, said that his constituents were not really that poor as others have been stating.

And even if they may really be poor, poverty did not hinder them to pitch in for the “piso-piso” fund drive conducted by some civil society groups for the benefit of super typhoon Yolanda victims.

Marawi City is part of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), which is always on top of the list of the country’s poorest regions.

While the fund drive might not have raised millions of pesos, the “thousand pesos that people from all walks of life” gave proved that one does not need to be rich to be able to help those in distress, former regional legislator Samira Gutoc said.

“Imagine the drive garnering almost P100,000 in 9 days, which we could already use to buy rice, maggi (instant noodles) and tuna to be delivered to Visayas,” she said.

In a statement, Gutoc said it was “very touching to see people from all levels of life share whatever they have for the typhoon victims.

“Each one, patak-patak—like passing the hat for someone in need—came together in the spirit of oneness with the pain of Visayas calamity victims.

“Every mother or son, classmate or barkada, teacher and student, tricycle driver or school superintendent personally passed by a drop-off point for Oplan Tabang Visayas,” Gutoc said.

For those who did not have cash, she said they handed over clothes and other basic necessities.

Volunteers also laid down prayers mats around the Marawi City public market to solicit for contributions while others urged residents to pack their used clothes or excess food and send them to the typhoon victims.

Meanwhile, ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman announced that a 10-vehicle convoy of food and non-food items is ready to leave for Yolanda-devastated areas from Cotabato City on Tuesday.

“This is the second batch of the region’s relief mission to areas badly hit by super storm Yolanda that left untold casualties, displaced and wrecked lives, and where victims were mostly suffering from hunger and without shelter,” Hataman told the media.


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