Temporary shelters and evacuation centers will be erected for the evacuees as soon as they can return to Marawi City after the city is cleared from the militant Maute group, according to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
Officer-in-Charge Catalino S. Cuy said that a huge number of evacuees staying in Iligan City right now will find out that they are homeless once they go back to Marawi City at the end of the armed conflict.
We really hope that we can start the rehabilitation efforts very soon so that Marawi residents will be able to pick up the broken pieces of their lives, stand back on their toes again, and rebuild their lives, Cuy said.
Cuy and DILG Undersecretary for Local Government Austere Panadero was in Marawi City recently and met with the Assemblyman of Lanao del Sur first district, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), and other DILG Regional and Field personnel to address the various issues that Mindanao is facing right now.
The DILG OIC said that the national government is looking into the process of identifying internally displaced persons (IDPs) who actually lost their homes due the ongoing siege to be the recipients of the temporary shelters and evacuation centers.
Temporary shelters will be available doon sa mga nasiraan ng bahay talaga (for those with damaged houses), he said.
Cuy explained that there had been reports that the number of evacuees in Iligan City swelled to a massive extent so it is imperative to prioritize the recipients of the temporary shelters and evacuation centers.
Management of the Dead and Missing
The two top DILG officials also visited Iligan City to meet with key DILG regional and field officers, Iligan City local government officials and sangguniang panlungod members to discuss the issues and concerns that beset the city amid the armed conflict.
Concerns on the management of the dead and the missing casualties were brought up with the officials from Department of Health, AFP, PNP, National Bureau of Investigation, and Department of Public Works and Highways.
Downward trend of criminalities
On a positive note, Cuy cited that based on a PNP report, there is a downward trend of criminalities in the entire Northern Mindanao area.
He said that if this positive development will continue, it would be beneficial to the tourism industry in the region, which is one of the adversely affected sectors in the Mindanao crisis.
PNP and AFP forces in the entire Mindanao island have also been beefed up as part of the enhanced security measures.
DILG Regional Director Arnel Agabe also requested for the public's greater understanding on the strict implementation of checkpoints for the safety of everyone.
Makita nato kung unsa ka kritikal karon ang lihok sa gobyerno para malikayan ang terrorism and avoid spill over sa Marawi sa uban pang lugar sa Mindanao (The critical efforts of our government is apparent when it comes to averting terrorism and avoiding a spill over of the conflict in Marawi to other places in Mindanao), Agabe stated. This will not be successful without the help of the public.
Source: Department of the Interior and Local Government