Viet­nam pledges 4,000 bags of rice for Marawi

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - REGIONS - —KARL R. OCAMPO AND AL­LAN NAWAL

Viet­nam has promised an ini­tial do­na­tion of 4,000 bags of rice to the Philip­pines as part of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ef­forts in Marawi City, which was rav­aged by a five-month bat­tle be­tween Is­lamic Statein­spired ter­ror­ists and the mil­i­tary. Agri­cul­ture Sec­re­tary Em­manuel Piñol said the pledge was made by Viet­namese Pres­i­dent Tran Dai Quang dur­ing his bi­lat­eral talks with Pres­i­dent Duterte at the side­lines of the 25th Asia-Pa­cific Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion Sum­mit in Da Nang, Viet­nam, last week. Zia Adiong, spokesper­son for the Lanao del Sur cri­sis man­age­ment com­mit­tee, said the do­na­tion would be enough to cover sev­eral weeks of rice needs of some 5,000 evac­uees from Marawi City. He said the Viet­namese do­na­tion showed that “our Asian neigh­bors are in­clined to ex­tend as­sis­tance to us in or­der to lighten the bur­den we carry ev­ery day.” Un­der the Depart­ment of So­cial Wel­fare and De­vel­op­ment’s ra­tion sys­tem, each fam­ily gets 25 kilo­grams of rice good for about six days. Piñol, in a Face­book post, said Viet­nam re­mained com­mit­ted to sup­ply the Philip­pines’ rice re­quire­ments.

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