By Leslie Ann Aquino
The Aid to the Church in Need today launched a fund-raising campaign for Duyog Marawi to help rebuild Marawi which was destroyed following the attack of the Maute terrorist group.
ACN Philippines national director Jonathan Luciano said the campaign aims to again bring to the attention of the Filipino people the situation in Marawi.
“Our objective in today’s event is not only to launch a fund-raising campaign but more so to create awareness of the reality and horrors of war, to show how our fellow Filipinos have suffered so much and to encourage everyone to help in any way they can,” he said during the launch.
Luciano appealed to the public to open their eyes widely to see the need of the displaced and the victims in war-torn Marawi.
“Let us extend our generosity to them and with hearts willing to sacrifice, let us help them rebuild their lives,” he said.
“Let us not forget Marawi!” Luciano added.
ACN president Lingayen Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas also issued the same appeal.
“Let us donate for the reconstruction of Marawi. Every centavo, every peso, every gift will count. If we all give, we can rebuild the bullet-riddled homes in Marawi into true homes of peace. We can rebuild the bombed cathedral and mosque of Marawi so we can worship God again in peace and prosperity,” he said in his message.
“Let Duyog Marawi be our common pledge to sow peace and plant seeds of compassion everywhere… let the war in Marawi be the last,” Villegas added.
Marawi Bishop Edwin Dela Peña thanked ACN for helping Duyog Marawi.
“Marawi is in terrible straits now at the moment…It will take a long time for Marawi to rise from the ashes and it would be impossible for it to rise alone,” he said.
Dela Peña added: “Do our share for the reconstruction of Marawi, not so much the structures, but the people’s livelihood, for them to heal together.”
Duyog Marawi is a social action initiative of the Prelature of Marawi to respond to the needs of the city following its destruction, the displacement of its people and the subsequent loss of their livelihood in the wake of conflict that raged for five months between ISIS terrorists and government forces.
About one-million Muslims and Christians were displaced and affected because of the crisis which started in May 2017.
It was in November 2017 when ACN formally partnered with Duyog Marawi to raise funds for the execution of projects and programs necessary to continue the heroic mission of the Prelature in establishing peaceful dialogue between Christians and Muslims encapsulated in the acronym HILOM which stands for Healing, Interfaith Dialogue, Livelihood support, One in worship, and Movement for Peace.
To support Marawi, deposit your donations to ACN Philippines via Metrobank S/A 6327632026699 or Unionbank S/A 102440009889. Cash and check pickups within Metro Manila can also be arranged by calling Globe 0945-1894071 or Smart 0947-6968575 from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.