DSWD provides aid to Ist batch of Marawi returnees

Taja said 10 more barangays are scheduled to receive aid soon -- Bacold Chico, Lumbac Toros, Tuca, Toros, Pindolonan, Dayawan, Amito Marantao, Poona Marantao, Fort, and Bangun.-Photo by: Editha Z. Caduaya/Newsline.ph

Taha presented the  consolidated report  of DSWD and the Department of Health ARMM about their undertaking.

Mayroon tayong nine barangays na bahagi ng first batch na natapos na nating na-serve. May 5,783 pamilya na ang kumpleto nang nabigyan ng tulong (We have nine barangays that were part of the first batch to be served. Some 5,783 families have already been given aid),” Taha emphasized.

Residents of Barangay Toros try to live a normal life after the Marawi siege but thetheir water supply from Marawi water district has yet to be restored.-{hoto by: Editha Z. Caduaya/Newsline.ph

Taha said returnee-families in barangays Basak Malutlut, Marawi Poblacion, East Basak, Luksa Datu, Tampilong, Matampay, Datu Saber, Bo. Green and Panggao Saduc had received PHP59.24 million worth of family food packs, hygiene and kitchen kits, as well as financial assistance.

She reported that the food packs, called “Kambalingan Package”, could last up to two months. The initial package, which contained a sack of rice, 24 canned goods, 40 sachets of 3-in-1 coffee, and 2 kg. of pancit bihon, would be good for 17 days, she added.

Meanwhile, the hygiene kits, which cost PHP1,825 each, consisted of a bucket, toothbrushes (three for adults and two for children), toothpaste, a bottle of shampoo, bath and laundry soaps, sanitary napkins, two combs, a shaving razor, and a nail cutter.

On the other hand, the kitchen kits, each costing PHP796, contained five sets of spoon and fork, plate and glass; a frying pan; a cooking pan; and a ladle each.

Taja said 10 more barangays are scheduled to receive aid soon — Bacold Chico, Lumbac Toros, Tuca, Toros, Pindolonan, Dayawan, Amito Marantao, Poona Marantao, Fort, and Bangun.

According to the DSWD, a total of 77,170 families or 353,636 individuals evacuated from Marawi when fighting broke out between government forces and terrorists linked to the Maute Group in late May.

Some 38,949 families fled to Northern Mindanao, 33,221 to the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), 2,386 to Soccsksargen, and others to Davao, Caraga and Central Visayas.

The department said that as of Nov. 16, 4,668 families or 20,639 individuals are still in evacuation centers, while an estimated 75,502 families are living with relatives.

Task Force Bangon Marawi has directed the DSWD to provide the displaced families relief assistance to help them recover from the crisis.