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HOME > JPN News > Updates on the Emergency Assistance for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Affected by the Armed Conflict in Marawi City, Mindanao

Updates on the Emergency Assistance for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Affected by the Armed Conflict in Marawi City, Mindanao

Jul 14, 2017

Thank you for your support and cooperation. We are still open for donations for the displaced families of Marawi City.

■How to donate

 Please remit your donations to the bank account below:
Please note that JPN does not receive donations in kind. Thank you for your understanding.

  When remitting from Japan Post Bank   When remitting from other banks
  Account no.:00140-6-338579
  Account name:日比NGOネットワーク
  (Nippi NGO Nettowa-ku)
  Branch name: 〇一九(zero ichi kyu)店(019)
  Account type:当座 (Toza)
  Account number:0338579
  Account name:日比NGOネットワーク(Nippi NGO Nettowa-ku)
  (When inputting branch name, please press "セ" (se))

Note: 20% of the proceeds will be used for operations such as liaisons and communication with the local partner, international remittance fees, international communication, etc.

※Due to occasional problems on retrieving the information regarding the remittance transaction, please contact ACC21 through telephone, fax or email and provide your name, address, and contact number(s). Tel:03-3945-2615 Fax:03-3945-2692  E-mail address:jpn@acc21.org

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Psycho-social support and intervention by BMFI
The firefight between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and members of the Maute Group and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) who have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) on May 23, 2017 forced more than 470,000 people to flee from their homes to the nearby towns. More than 20,000 are currently in evacuation centers. Those outside evacuation centers are living with their relatives or friends. These people are in dire need of food, safe drinking water, basic clothing, medicine, kitchen ware and other sleeping materials.

The Japan-Philippines NGO Network (JPN), is now calling for donations for the ongoing relief operations conducted by Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc. (BMFI), a Mindanao-based NGO, for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) affected by the armed conflict in Marawi City.

■Current Situation (as of July 10, 2017, 8PM)
According to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), out of 471,023 IDPs (101,001 families), 23,363 IDPs (4,277 families) are inside 87 evacuation centers, while 286,516 IDPs (85,274 families) are home-based or outside evacuation centers.

■Emergency Response
 The Japan-Philippines NGO Network (JPN) is currently working with our local partner, Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc. (BMFI), in providing relief assistance to IDPs.

About BMFI's Ongoing Emergency Response
Target areas: At least 5-10 barangays in Iligan City, Lanao del Sur and Cagayan de Oro City

The effect of this unrest has displaced families / persons coming from all 96 barangays of Marawi; from 20 other municipalities of Lanao del Sur (Balindong (Watu), Bayang, Binidayan, Buadiposo-Buntong, Bubong, Butig, Calanogas, Ditsaan-Ramain, Ganassi, Kapai, Lumba-Bayabao (Maguing), Lumbatan, Madamba, Madalum, Marantao, Masiu, Mulondo, Poona Bayabao (Gata), Saguiaran, and Tugaya); and from 2 municipalities of Lanao del Norte (Kolambungan and Sultan Naga Dimaporo / Karomatan).

Beneficiaries: More than 10,000 IDPs (2,500 families)

Type of Support:

1) Providing potable water to affected families

Potable water is one of the identified leading needs to be addressed especially for those who are staying at the Evacuation Centers (ECs). Under the Operations of the National Incident Management Team (NIMT), Balay Mindanaw has lent 3 Skyhydrant Ultra-filtration units to help address this need. The Balay Mindanaw Team has been part of the water rationing group of the NIMT, providing potable water to ECs in Balo-I, Pantar and Pantao Ragat in Lanao del Norte.

As of July 5, Balay Mindanaw has already provided a total of 74,685 liters of potable water to 1,496 families / 6,192 individuals in 13 Evacuation Center in Balo-I, Pantar and Pantao-Ragat. The Balay Mindanaw Team, together with the BFP10, LGU volunteers and NIMT, will continue the water rationing under the NIMT in these ECs as the need / request for potable water also increased after Ramadan.

2) Food and Non-Food Items

Another leading identified need, particularly for home-based IDPs, is the provision of food and non-food items and dignity kits. This, because as observed, they are not easily reached compared to those that are staying at the Evacuation Centers.

Local CSO partners and Barangay / City Local Government Units helped in the prioritization / identification of barangays and information was validated through data gathered from the NDRRMC Emergency Operations Center (NEOC).

With the help of local volunteers, partner CSOs and barangay LGUs, we have already distributed food packs to 2,770 home-based IDPs in Pawak, Comonal, Salucod and Dilimbayan in Saguiran, Lanao del Sur (1000 families), barangays Tubod (670 families) and Santiago (485 families) in Iligan City and Barra, Opol (615 families) in Misamis Oriental.

We also facilitated the distribution of non-cash items donated by our partners and friends.

To date, we have already mobilized a total of 150 volunteers for our Marawi Emergency Response.

Currently, the Balay Mindanaw staff and volunteers are repacking another 1,100 food packs and 1,100 dignity kits for home-based IDPs in Saguiaran, Lanao del Sur and Cagayan de Oro.

3) Psychosocial Support

Addressing trauma and other psycho-social needs of the evacuees is another important concern that needs equal attention. To help address this need, the Balay Mindanaw PSS Team trained a total of 50 youth leaders, volunteers, educators and even IDPs to assist in conducting Psychosocial First Aid to selected barangays hosting home-based IDPs.

The PSS Training is dubbed as "May K ka ba kahit KKBKB?" which focused on the importance of culturally-sensitive psychosocial support, self-care and self awareness, non-violent communication and the Maranao culture, community-based coping and resilience, and facilitating different types of PSS activities.

The Balay Mindanaw PSS Team and Volunteer Facilitators have already conducted PSS activities doing games, singing and coloring activities to a total of 350 children with ages 3 to 5, 6 to 9 and 10 to 15 years old coming from barangays Pawak, Comonal, Salucod and Dilimbayan in Saguiran, Lanao del Sur.

4) Networking

Coordination with established mechanisms like the NDRRMC Emergency Operations Center (NEOC), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Local Government Units has been key to ensure complementation of resources and efficiency in our emergency response work.

Balay Mindanaw is currently part of the operations of the National Incident Management Team (NIMT), particularly in the provision of potable water to ECs. We are also active members of the WASH and MHPSS Clusters, at the same time also part of the Saving Lives Movement (SLM) for advocacy issues related to the crisis.

5) Fundraising

As of July 1, 2017, we have received a total of P1,085,040.35 cash donations from friends and partners, both local and international. These donations were used for the purchase, materials and transportation of relief items distributed, networking and mobility cost for Balay Mindanaw staff and volunteers.

Non-cash donations approximately amounting to P792,000.00 were also received by our Operations Center.

RECOMMENDATIONS

The following are still identified as gaps in addressing the needs of the IDPs, both at the Evacuation Centers and Home-based:

Food and Non-Food Items
Needs / Issues:
• Home-based IDPs in need kitchen kits, blankets, sleeping mats, mosquito nets and hygiene kits
• All ECs need supplies like logbooks, bond papers, fasteners, staplers and folders for proper filing of records inside ECs
• For ECs, especially the elderly IDPs, need comfortable sleeping area (as much as possible with sleeping foams and enough electric fans), portable urinals, flashlights, slippers for kids, and umbrellas

Gaps & Constraints:
• Daily increase in the number of IDPs affects the established distribution plan of food and non-food items that is due to multiple DAFAC entries

Health
Needs:
Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
• Coordination with DPWH on construction of drainage system and permanent CR in Buru-un SF and permanent CR in Tent Area in Campong, Pantar
• Availability of potable water
• Availability of toilets, handwashing, and bathing facilities
• DOH ARMM: Sanitation facilities in ECs and home-based IDPs
Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS)
• MHPSS providers for Maranao-speaking IDPs(lacking)
• Names of referred clients with mental health problems for provision of medication
• MHPSS providers in ARMM areas

Gaps & Constraints:
• Lack of water containers or jerry cans

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Relief operations conducted by BMFI

■About Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc. (BMFI)
Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc. (BMFI) is a Mindanao-based non-profit foundation that engages mainly in peacebuilding program in three areas directly affected by violence in Mindanao: Maguindanao and North Cotabato, Surigao del Sur, and Misamis Oriental/Bukidnon. In the past, it has implemented relief assistance to the victims of Typhoon Sendong in 2011, Typhoon Pablo in 2012, Bohol earthquake in 2013 and Typhoon Yolanda. JPN worked with BMFI in 2011 in providing relief support to those affected by Typhoon Sendong. For related articles see here, here, and here.

Balay Mindanaw website:http://balaymindanaw.org/main/


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