35 Maranao families evacuating at Bacolod town receive cash assistance

4Thirty-five families from Marawi who evacuated in three barangays of Bacolod, Lanao del Norte receive P1,000 cash assistance on Friday, July 28.

The evacuees can make use of the micro cash assistance to purchase their varied basic necessities and in accord to the survivor-led principle in disaster response and management.

These evacuees are all dispersed in different houses of their relatives.

“These 35 families or 151 persons are staying there for two months now since the crisis started in May 23,” said Nahida Takiri, staff of Ecoweb Inc.

2Takiri said that these house-based evacuees are in barangays Alegria, Liangan, and in Kahayag of Bacolod, a fourth class municipality.

The assistance was distributed with support from ChristianAid.

It was done in coordination with Municipal Social Welfare and Development (MSWD) and Kilusang Pagbabago.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management (NDRRM) and DSWD reported that as of July 21, 2017, there are already 527,704 persons or 115,880 families of evacuees from Marawi and from economically impacted 20 towns of Lanao del Sur.

They are documented in 89 evacuation centers and 378 barangays tracked in eight (8) regions of the country.

The increasing number of evacuees has serious implications to humanitarian sectors whose resources are insufficient to meet all of their personal, social, medical, and mental health needs.