By Lady Jean L. Kabagani

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Norte, Oct 25 (PIA ICCC) — United Nations Deputy Humanitarian Chief Ursula Mueller urges other international community to continue humanitarian efforts for Marawi and its residents.

Ursula also calls to support the Philippine government in its rehabilitation endeavor for the Marawi City.

In her three-day mission here in Philippines, Ursula visited displaced families in Marawi, “to see is to understand the challenge.”

“I was struck by my conversations with displaced women living in the Sarimanok temporary shelters. As their displacement continues, they want their children to have access to education. Sustained humanitarian assistance is needed. There is a lot of hope and opportunity in Marawi, and we need to keep those hopes alive”, Ursula added.

Through the funding of UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and other humanitarian programs, amounting to nearly US$7.5 million is now being utilized for life-saving interventions for Marawi residents.

UN’s deputy humanitarian chief met with the implementing partners of programs and reiterated the support of UN and its partners to government recovery plan for Marawi.

She also met with in-country UN agencies, local and international humanitarian partners, including donors.

“Partnership needs sustained investment,” she commended the humanitarian community for its inclusive approach to coordination and partnerships.

Ursula also noted her gratitude for the strong commitment of private sector partners to providing humanitarian response efforts, “there is a lot of innovation in the Philippines. I’m very impressed by the strong coordination among the humanitarian organizations, donors, the public and private sector, and the focus on keeping vulnerable people at the center of response efforts in the Philippines.” (LJKabagani/PIA ICCC)