The University of the Philippines, through its UP Diliman Community and Musician Artists, sent donations and aid to fellow Filipinos who were affected by the ongoing crisis in Marawi City.
Dr. Alma E. Berowa, Mindanao State University (MSU) Vice President for Academic Affairs, reported a total of PhP77,000 transmitted to their Marawi City campus to help students get back on their feet and continue with their studies. A relief distribution drive took place last September 4 for the benefit of internally-displaced students of MSU-Marawi City.
“Your act of voluntary contributions… certainly gives us hope that there are many good people among Filipinos who believe that we are Muslims but we are not terrorists. That gives us the courage to go against all odds. Maraming salamat po,” wrote Berowa.
The funds were raised largely through the “Tabang Para sa Katawhan” benefit concert held last June 21 at the Asian Center, initiated by Assoc. Prof. Roli Talampas with the support of President Danilo L. Concepcion. UP has also initiated a fund drive for Marawi online through its website at http://www.up.edu.ph. (J. Mikhail Solitario, UP MPRO)