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Aussie ambassador hails IDPs resilience, Bayanihan spirit

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur (PIA)–Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Steven J. Robinson lauded the resilience and unity of internally displaced persons (IDPs) here amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.

In his message during his fourth visit to Marawi on Wednesday, August 11, he thanked the IDPs for not falling into despair despite the day-to-day challenges that they confront.

“We know that the road to recovery has been long and has been really difficult but you will get there very soon,” Robinson told the IDPs reassuring them that the Australian government will continue to pour in support for them.

The Ambassador also encouraged the IDPs to keep the Filipino ‘Bayanihan’ trait alive which is akin to the Australian “mateship” that conveys friendship and solidarity.

“I can still see that the spirit of Bayanihan is much alive in each and every one of you so please continue to work together and help one another as you rebuild your lives, your home, and your communities,” he said.

Meanwhile, Robinson expressed appreciation to the partners of the Australian government in its endeavors to help in the recovery and rehabilitation of Marawi specifically mentioning the CFSI, UNHCR, UNFPA, Marawi City government, and Task Force Bangon Marawi.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank our partners for their unwavering commitment to uplift the lives of the people in Marawi. I am very proud of what our collaboration has achieved to this day,” the Ambassador said. (APB/PIA-ICIC)