• ARMM releases P35M for Marawi aid

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    COTABATO CITY: The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has spent P35 million in humanitarian aid for the victims of the Marawi City crisis, providing relief to over 200,000 individuals in evacuation centers, staying with their relatives, or in the region’s operation center.

    ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman said the aid is aimed at meeting the growing basic needs of communities struggling with the current situation in Marawi City.

    He said current funds from the regional government can respond to the needs of the evacuees. The ARMM having allocated about P77 million for victims of the crisis.

    The latest update from the ARMM’s crisis management committee indicated that the regional government served relief packs to 200,234 evacuees and provided medical services to 4,003 individuals.

    During the three-week battle between government troops and Maute terrorists as well as the Abu Sayyaf Group, the committee saved more than 5,132 trapped or stranded, civilians in Marawi’s war zone, while 1,079 civilians were still inside the battle zone and needed to be rescued immediately.

    The ARMM’s health department, meanwhile, has set up an operation center in Iligan City to provide medical assistance to the evacuees.

    To ensure equal and timely relief distribution to individuals struggling with the situation in Marawi City, the ARMM uses a system dubbed Disaster Assistance and Family Access Card (DAFAC).

    The system is applied by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to validate the status of families affected by the crisis which will serve as a reference in the providing appropriate interventions.

    Laisa Alamia, DAFAC-ARMM executive secretary, encouraged Marawi residents, whether in the evacuation centers or elsewhere, to register with their social welfare office.

    The DSWD-ARMM is the lead agency manning the operation center established in Malabang, Lanao del Sur.

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