Regional Director for Region X of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Nestor B. Ramos coordinated with Provincial Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo, asking assistance regarding to the distribution of sacks of rice to Local Government Units of Lanao del Norte. The head of Provincial Social and Welfare Development Office, Annabelle S. Mendez was then tasked by Governor Dimaporo to respond to the request of the Regional Department. The PSWDO is the Office which has the exact information of the number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) taking shelter in Lanao del Norte. IDPs were manually identified through the series of relief missions conducted by the Provincial Office since the war broke out on May 23, 2017 in Marawi City between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Maute terrorist group.
In May 846 sacks of rice were sent in the Province by the DSWD Region X making true to the Memorandum of Agreement that the latter will grant sacks of rice to Provincial Government through PSWDO in case of a natural or manmade calamity occur.
DSWD-X Regional Director requested the cooperation of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office to hand out sacks of rice intended for IDPs through the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) of each Municipality along with its Emergency Response Team (ERT). The MSWDO and ERT will then distribute 25 kilos of rice to each family of IDPs in its area for consumptions.
Annabelle S. Mendez supervised the giving away of the rice together with the staffs of the PSWDO to Local Government Units of Linamon to Sultan Naga Dimaporo who are present in Mindanao Civic Center Grandstand to personally accept the aid.
Emilia Mantecpaler, MSWDO of Sapad expressed her gratitude to DSWD-X Regional Director Nestor B. Ramos and especially to Provincial Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo for the relentless support given to all Municipalities of Lanao del Norte. Emilia said that she will visit all registered IDPs who are taking refuge in its Municipality to personally hand over their share given by the Government.
Provincial Governor of Lanao del Norte Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo personally instructed Annabelle S. Mendez since the crisis happened to coordinate with the MSWDO on the number of IDPs coming in from Marawi City and Lanao del Sur in order for the Provincial Government to have an idea of how many relief goods that the Province needs to prepare for each Municipality. PIO-LDN