The on-going crisis in Marawi prevents Internally Displaced Persons or IDPs from coming back to their homes. The Armed Forces of the Philippines has recently recaptured some vital strategic positions like the command center occupied by the Maute terrorist group for months which hindered the military to liberate the once vibrant city.
Now with its final push, the AFP is gradually gaining grounds as the terrorists are running out of space to hide. However, the tactical operations of the military has to be done slowly and with precision because of the presence of Improvised Explosive Device (IEDs) deliberately positioned by the terrorists in every room, houses, streets and corners, and the random sniper fire coming from the enemy.
With this current situation, the Armed Forces of the Philippines are doing its best to end the crisis and free the city in the soonest possible time for the Maranao people.
As of now, thousands of IDPs are temporarily taking shelter in other cities or municiapalities, some are home based and others are staying in the evacuation centers. Since the occupation started, the Province of Lanalo del Norte welcomes IDPs to take refuge in this peaceful province.
Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo gave a standing order to the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office to continuously address the needs of the IDPs in Lanao del Norte. One of the municipalities that are actively taking care of these IDPs is the Municipality of Tagoloan. Annabelle S. Mendez, head of the PSWDO is regularly in contact with the Chief of every Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office. Aida Macadingdang, a Municipal Social-Worker of Tagoloan personally receives the goods brought by the PSWDO team in partnership with the Mindanao Development Authority.
A total of 325 relief tubs were delivered in the Municipal Hall of Tagoloan. Inside the relief tubs are 2-pcs of blanket, pair of slippers, towel, hygiene kit, women’s underwear and Banig. These items will then be delivered to the IDPs identified and verified in the area by the staffs of the MSWDO.
Through the PSWDO, the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte continues Relief Operations for the displaced persons due to the conflict. The Office is open to any form of donations particularly clothes and hygiene kits.
Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Chaired by Vice-Governor Maria Cristina N. Atay, 1st District Representative, Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo, 2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta Dimaporo together with the Municipal Mayors of the Province of Lanao del Norte have work together to address the needs of the IDPs sheltering in the province.
The unity of all Local Chief Executives of the province, from the Provincial Government down to the Barangays has made a tremendous impact in protecting the peace loving residents of Lanao del Norte from the threats of the terrorists and other lawless elements. The cooperation, collaboration and coordination of all stakeholders continuously prevent the conflict from spilling over to the peaceful and progressive Province of Lanao del Norte, “The Land of Beauty and Bounty.” PIO-LDN