The Maranao People Development Centre, a non-government organization, assisting internally displaced persons (IDPs) has been featured recently on CNN.
CNN Philippines featured MARADECA in one of its award-winning public affairs programs, “Profiles”, in a 3-part series documentary on post-war Marawi, hosted by Mitzi Borromeo.
MARADECA Chief Executive Officer Salic Ibrahim was interviewed by CNN at the organization’s headquarters in Marantao, Lanao del Sur, a short driving distance from the Mindanao State University.
Salic Ibrahim said it was great for Maradeca to be featured by CNN and “it was the first time it happened in Marawi for a non-government organization.”
Maradeca Executive Officer Sinab Ibrahim and concurrent Associate Editor of Maradeca Updates Magazine said “Mitzi Borromeo and her staff actually visited the significant sites of post-war Marawi including parts of Ground Zero.”
“It was courageous for Mitzi and her CNN crew to come to Marawi and show concern and warmth to the Maranao people stressed by the war,” she said.
The CNN team also interviewed some local government officials in Marawi. The coverage took a number of days and the team had to billet themselves in nearby Iligan City.
MARADECA officers and staff also participated in the Rizal Day commemoration in Baguio City in January 2018 as part of their psycho social intervention after their experience during the Marawi conflict.
The Maradeca delegates had a quick interaction with city officials led by Mayor Mauricio Domogan who welcomed them to the city of Baguio during the Rizal Day commemoration.
In partnership with a number of national and international agencies, Maradeca took the lead in the servicing of IDPs in various parts of Marawi and Iligan cities, as well as in the provinces of Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur.
These agencies include the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Volunteer Service Overseas (VSO), RD Foundation, Lutheran World Relief (LWR), Plan International, the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), Catholic Relief Services (CRS), and the Philippine Navy.
To date, a total of 18,902 IDPs have been serviced by the NGO through the distribution of hygiene kits, cash assistance, water filtration units, food packs and the completion of psychosocial services.
You may visit MARADECA Facebook page for more information.