On November 12, 2019, Action Against Hunger, an international and independent humanitarian organization that fights hunger at all stages conducted a Health Mission in Barangay Pangi, Municipality of Matungao. The medical mission targeted the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Marawi City and Lanao del Sur who were taking refuge at the place when the Marawi Crisis broke out on May 23, 2017.

The humanitarian team coordinated with the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte for the provision of medicines to which Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo immediately granted the request and ordered Dr. Melania A. Untao, the Provincial Health Officer to represent the Provincial Government on her behalf as a sign of support to the activity, and personally provide assistance to the team.

During the Marawi Siege, the Provincial Chief Executive welcomed and thanked the various humanitarian organizations that have conducted relief operations and medical missions to IDPs sheltering in the evacuation centers in the municipalities of Lanao del Norte, and even participated in medical and relief operations initiated by the provincial government in the Municipality of Balo-i, and in Barangay Kakai in the Municipality of Tubod.

An estimated of more than 300 individuals from Barangay Pangi and from Bakwit Village Transitory Site received primary health care and consultation services.

The IDPs and residents, aside from the basic health services they received, the team also conducted integrated hygiene promotion sessions, nutrition screening, and psychosocial activities.

The success of the medical mission was through the concerted efforts of the Department of Health Region 10 for the Doctors and Nurses from the Operation Center, the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte through the Provincial Health Office for the medicines, and Action Against Hunger for planning, coordination, and implementation of the project entitled “Response to the Unmet Humanitarian Needs of the Most Vulnerable Conflict-Affected Populations in Mindanao” or REACH. PIO-LDN