Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) of the Province of Lanao del Norte carry on in its relief mission by assisting local government units in the province with Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) taking refuge in their municipalities.
On Tuesday, June 6, 2017, the PSWDO provided assistance to the Municipality of Tubod and in the Municipality of Magsaysay. Barangay Captain Jean Tibon of Bulod, Tubod expressed her appreciation to the Provincial Government for the support given in addressing the needs of the displaced families for their day to day provisions. In Barangay Bulod, 60 internally displaced families received relief packs containing six kilos of rice, four cans of sardines and four cans of beef loafs, and at the same time in the municipal center of Magsaysay, 56 displaced families received the same relief packs from the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte.
Annabelle S. Mendez and her team from the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office made sure the distribution of relief goods is well coordinated with the local officials and with the help of the men and women of the Provincial Governor’s Office – Community Affairs Division. “So far there has been no problem in delivering the relief packs to the evacuation centers as all IDPs were cooperative during the distribution”, said Mendez.
Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo’s main directive is to immediately attend to the needs of the IDPs taking shelter in Lanao del Norte by providing basic needs in partnership with the officials of the municipality. Barangay Captain Tibon explains the importance of the Evacuation Identification Card or the IDP Evacuation Card to be carried at all times for security purposes and for quick access to relief goods.
The Province of Lanao del Norte currently has 36,423 internally displaced persons or 8,181 displaced families from Lanao del Sur according to the records of the PSWDO. Everyday IDPs are constantly entering the peaceful Province of Lanao del Norte to take shelter since the war broke out in Marawi City between the terrorist and the Armed Forces of the Philippines on May 23, 2017. Some IDPs are living with their relatives and others who don’t have a place to stay have no choice but to stay in the evacuation center.
In its 16th day of military operations, the AFP has no date as when the fighting will stop saying they are doing the best they can to put an end on this crisis as soon as possible and restore the peace that the residents of Marawi were enjoying for decades, with this statement the Province of Lanao del Norte brace itself for more IDPs coming in from the affected areas of Lanao del Sur.
With this on-going crisis in Marawi, 2nd District Congressman Abdullah Dimakuta Dimaporo calls for unity, respect and understanding among the people of Lanao del Norte and encourage all to protect each other regardless of creed or religion.
Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo appeals to all constituents to be patient and supportive to the efforts of the Government especially in the checkpoints, where the military is scrutinously checking all vehicles and identification of all persons coming in and out of Lanao del Norte. “All that they are doing in the checkpoints are for our own safety, we should cooperate on all the things that they are asking, such as ID’s”, the Governor said.
At present, 18 municipalities of the province are taking care of all displaced persons who seek peace and sanctuary in Lanao del Norte, the municipality that has the greatest number of IDPs is the Municipality of Balo-i with 2,652 families. PIO-LDN