Robredo in Marawi! VP brings joy and lipsticks to Marawi women weavers

VP Robredo  photo from google (ctto)

Manila, Philippines - Vice President Leni Robredo, visited last Friday and spent time with displaced residents of Marawi particularly the women weavers diverting their attention through weaving as a way of healing from the nightmares of war.

With the Office of the Vice President and Marife Malabanan, a Filipino based in Austria, Robredo  brought threads and weavers and gave away lipsticks to the women weavers of Marawi, as this was their request to the Vice President when she visited them on her birthday last April.

The said visit is part of the “Angat Buhay” program of the Office of the Vice President continuing efforts to assist our Muslim brothers and sisters from the last man-made catastrophe.
Robredo made her own hand at weaving during the visit, as she hears the stories of how the women lost their homes and loved ones brought about by the conflict.

Most of the women were displaced at the height of the months-long siege of Marawi, became beneficiaries of livelihood training with the I am Marawi Women (I.M. Women) Weaving and Empowerment Program through the Office of the Vice President’s partner SPARK! The Philippines and the Austrian Embassy, in partnership with Sinagtala PH.
“Dito pinakinggan ko ang kanilang mga istorya––kung paano sila nawalan ng tahanan, binawian ng mga mahal sa buhay, at kung paano sila natulungan ng paghahabi para malampasan ang mga pangyayaring ito,” she said.
“Hanga ako hindi lamang sa kanilang pagkamalikhain kundi sa tapang at pagpupursige na kanilang ipinakita sa araw-araw, sa gitna ng kanilang pinagdaanan at kanilang muling pagbangon,” Robredo added
Robredo also led the turnover of the housing units where she had the opportunity to see the developments in “Angat Buhay” Village, a transitory housing initiative funded by partners from the private sector under OVP’s Angat Buhay program.

Source: Politiko

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