The determination of the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte to continuously provide assistance to affected brothers and sisters brought by this pointless war in Marawi City that caused thousands of families to leaved their once peaceful place in Lanao del Sur to seek shelter temporarily or permanently in the provinces nearby and some as far as Manila to find a place that is safe for their families where they could start a new tomorrow and have a better life is the hope of these IDPs. The Province of Lanao del Norte is one of these few places where one could find sanctuary and serenity.
Provincial Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo tasked the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, headed by Annabelle S. Mendez to carefully supervise the distribution of relief goods intended for IDPs taking refuge in Lanao del Norte. To identify and verify each IDP is a process to be cautiously performed through the combined efforts of the Provincial Governor’s Office – Community Affairs Division (PGO-CAD) and the PSWDO with the help of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers (MSWDO) assigned in the area for the purpose of equal distribution of relief goods.
On June 9, 2017, Friday morning, the PSWDO together with the PGO-CAD distributed relief goods to 25 families in the Municipal Gymnasium of Lala. Zenaida Alcoran of the MSWDO of the Municipality along with her staff Nestor Patalinghug assisted the Provincial Government employees in handing out relief goods to the IDPs.
In the afternoon, the team moved to the Municipality of Salvador and welcomed by 1st Councilor Insirah Sultan. The Councilor was thankful to Provincial Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo for the continuous support given to all Municipalities since the crisis started on May 23, 2017. MSWDO Lourdes M. Gerale of Salvador Municipality helped in giving the relief goods to 41IDPs.
Abelita C. Manzano led the team with Elsie B. Pacaldo and Aiman C. Mamintal of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office along with the men of the Provincial Governor’s Office – Community Affairs Division. PIO-LDN