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Philippine tech startups come together to aid Marawi Refugees

Tech startups and geeks from across the Philippines and abroad are joining hands to support the displaced residents of Marawi. The initiative, dubbed #TogetherforMarawi on social media, aims to raise funds for the 400,000 people currently displaced by the ongoing conflict. The campaign, and donations raised can be tracked in real time through a dedicated public website (, organized by local payments startup
To date, nearly a dozen companies have committed to contribute to the #TogetherforMarawi campaign, promising to donate a day’s worth of salary towards the cause. Companies that have already pledged their support include Kickstart Ventures, Satoshi Citadel Industries, Tala, BlastAsia, CapChain, PaidUp, QuickReach, WaveMaker Partners, Quona Capital, PawnHero, and Kalibrr.
"Marawi hits close to home for Kalibrr as we have a team member from there, and we're glad to partner with to enable those with the ability to help those in need," said Paul Rivera, CEO of Kalibrr.
To help boost the campaign, will also be donating 5 pesos for every load purchased or unique bill paid through its mobile app on Monday, July 17, and is seeking to raise 250,000 PHP. The proceeds of this initiative will be donated to non-profit organizations Philippine Red Cross and Save the Children to buy food, water, and sanitary items for the refugees in Marawi.
“The humanitarian crisis in Marawi continues to grow worse every day and we realized that we cannot simply stand by while this happening,” said Ron Hose, CEO of
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