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VP weaves! Robredo brings cheer, lipsticks to Marawi women weavers

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Vice President Leni Robredo spent time with the displaced women residents of Marawi healing through weaving during her visit in the war-torn city last Friday.

Robredo brought weaving materials and lipsticks, which brought smiles to the women weavers, as this was their request to the Vice President when she visited them on her birthday last April 23.

During her visit, Robredo tried her hand at weaving, as she listened to the stories of how the women lost their homes and loved ones amid the conflict.

The women, who were displaced at the height of months-long siege of Marawi, underwent livelihood training with the I am Marawi Women (I.M. Women) Weaving and Empowerment Program, initiated by the Office of the Vice President’s partner SPARK! 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 said.

Prior to her visit to the weavers, Robredo turned over 12 more houses to the residents of Marawi City, and classroom buildings for students, funded by private partners under her office’s flagship program Angat Buhay.

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