ARMM renews call for evacuees to register for relief programs

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COTABATO CITY: Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Executive Secretary Laisa Alamia reiterated the call for evacuees to register using the Disaster Assistance and Family Access Card (Dafac) by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). As of June 22, about 40,753 families, or 193,952 individuals, have been displaced since the clashes in Marawi City on May 23. Delivery of services has become harder as many Marawi residents did not register with DSWD as evacuees, especially those staying in their relatives’ houses in neighboring towns and cities. Only 970 families, or 4,691 individuals, are in the evacuation centers, while 39,783 families, or 189,261 individuals, are home-based. The ARMM has used Dafac to ensure equal and timely distribution of relief packs for the evacuees. The system is applied by the DSWD-ARMM to validate the status of families affected by the crisis. It will serve as a reference in the provision of appropriate interventions and will be used in future rehabilitation and recovery programs for Marawi. Some evacuees went to Northern Mindanao, Soccsksargen and Davao, while some have gone as far as Visayas and Luzon. ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman said the government has so far allocated about P77 million for victims of the crisis. Of this amount roughly P35 million has been spent. Relief packs have been distributed to 197,232 evacuees and 5,284 individuals have availed of medical services. An operation center has been set up in Malabang town in Lanao del Sur and Iligan City in Lanao del Norte to coordinate relief efforts.

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