Marawi Crisis’ IDPs Can thru SLR Approach

Believing on the capacity of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) and families to help address their needs albeit viewed as victims and powerless by many, Ecoweb Inc. with its CSO partners and volunteers, initiates a Survivor-led Response to Crisis (SLR) approach as its response to Marawi Crisis.

SLR empowers the IDPs to plan collectively, identify their needs, and take appropriate response, collaborate with partners, and cooperatively implement their workplan  by maximizing their own capacity to avail from potential partners.

They shall be enabled to manage the funds to enable them to appropriately allocate the resources as needed especially in the context of Ramadhan. Through SLR approach, culture and special needs of women, children, persons with disabilities (PWD), and elderly are expected to be addressed by the IDPs themselves. Along the process, necessary community actions are also aimed to be catalyzed towards addressing root causes of their problem.

Hoping to reach the unreached, serve the underserved, EcoWEB and partners of the SLR process decided to focus on home-based IDPs. In Iligan, among there are the more than 400 family IDPs in Barangay Upper Hinaplanon.

Indeed, despite all the sad and chilling experiences of the IDPs from the Marawi crisis, common experience showed the strength of the Maranao culture. In times of crisis especially, Maranao relatives could not just leave behind their relatives, even how hard life is, they are obliged to help and feed their hungry relatives. For the past 2-8 days of of stay in this evacuation area (families came wave by wave, not at once), it’s their relatives who helped these more than 400 IDP families survived. Brgy. Capt. Jamalia Gandamra, teary eyed, shared how hard it is to become host to many families, but they just have to find ways to support their relatives and make them feel they are very much welcome, loved and that they have home – a very powerful first psycho-social support of the terrified IDPs, a start of the process of healing wounds.

Maratabat (pride), security, safety and privacy especially of women and children, assurance of belongingness and space for practicing faith while being displaced, were among the reasons cited why the IDPs opt to stay home-based, in the Madrasah, and other community-based facilities outside government-managed evacuation centers despite the knowledge that it means to be the least priority for assistance.

Through SLR process, EcoWEB with partners are aiming to reach at least 10,000 IDP families through the SLR process. This is aimed to be realized through partnership building and continuing fund raising. Initial assistance is made possible through the support of Christian Aid and L2GP.

As of June 1, DSWD reported that 17,023 families or 86,301 persons are staying outside evacuation centers/ with relatives or friends. In Region X (4,759 or 24,981 persons) and ARMM(12,264 families or 61,320 persons). A total of 19,978 families or 100,289 persons are documented by DSWD to have been affected by the Armed Conflict in Marawi. A total of 24 evacuation centers have been opened in Lanao del Norte, Sur and Iligan City hosting 2,955 families or 13,988 persons.

Christian Aid Philippines
Regina Salvador-Antequisa