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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 (August 1, 2017)

Updates on the Emergency Assistance for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Affected by the Armed Conflict in Marawi City, Mindanao (August 1, 2017)

Aug 1, 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)
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  Account number:0338579
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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

Two months after 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) started, more than 500,000 people has been forced to flee from their homes to the nearby towns. More than 25,000 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.

■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

Map of Municipalities with IDPs and a summary of Balay Mindanaw's relief activities

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 Provided (As of July 31, 2017):

1) Providing Food and Non-Food Items
More than 2 months since the Marawi Crisis, evacuation of families from Marawi City is still increasing, significantly. In Cagayan de Oro City, 120 kilometers from Marawi City, the population of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who've sought temporary shelters in the City have reached 6,488 families or 18,536 individuals and is still increasing daily.

Responding to the growing humanitarian needs, Balay Mindanaw and its partners and volunteers from the Local Government Units, Interfaith Groups and City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) through the generous support of Eisenhower Fellows Association of the Philippines (EFAP) extended Relief Assistance to Barangay Nazareth, one of the 43 barangays in Cagayan de Oro City currently a big number of evacuees from Marawi City.

Last July 18 2017, Balay Mindanaw distributed Food Packs and Dignity Kits to a total of 560 home-based IDPs/ families in Barangay Nazareth, Cagayan de Oro City. A total of 600 food packs and dignity kits were prepared just in case there will be some IDPs or host families who will also be requesting for additional assistance. Upon recommendation of the CSWD, another 10 food packs and dignity kit were distributed in Barangay. 10 last July 25 while the remaining packs for 30 families were turned over to Bangko sa Balay Foundation, Inc. (BBFI) - Carmen Branch for clients who were also hosting IDPs from Marawi.

Each family was able to receive the following items:
Food items: 5 Kgs of Rice, 1 whole dressed Chicken, 1 dozen fresh eggs
Non-food items: 4 pcs tooth brush, 3 pcs Bath Soap, 6 sachets Shampoo, 1 tube Toothpaste, 1 pack Sanitary Pads, 1 bar laundry soap, 1 water dipper

2) Vocational education support
The Global Mindanaw Polytechnic, Inc (GMPI), a sister organization of Balay Mindanaw, announced on July 18, 2017, that they will be assisting in the Skills Training of TESDA that is especially programmed for the IDPs.

3) Providing potable water to affected families
Since last week, operations for the water rationing were already directly under the National Emergency Operation Center (NEOC) and Balay Mindanaw was requested to still head the water rationing group.

From July 25 to 29, the Balay Mindanaw Team together with volunteers from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) 10 was able to provide a total of 36,800 liters of potable water to 13 Evacuation Centers in Balo-i, Pantar and Pantao Ragat. The water rationing already included 74 families in Al Bironi EC that were originally / transferred from Al Mokhlis EC.

Previously trained personnel from the BFP10 also conducted an orientation on the use and maintenance of the Skyhydrant to incoming BMF10 volunteers who will be part of the water rationing group.

4) Networking
Balay Mindanaw continues to participate in the regular Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) Cluster meeting. Among the concerns discussed during the recent cluster meeting are the following: continuing need and demand for provision of potable water for drinking as some humanitarian organizations currently addressing this cannot meet the demand and might already pull out / end their response; need to improve hygiene promotion (HP) by connecting / integrating Islamic values on HP activities; need to replenish consumable items for hygiene.

In a recent consultation with Department of Education, School Heads and Principals in Cagayan de Oro where Balay Mindanaw helped facilitate, the concern on displaced learners was given priority in the discussion. Below are some of the highlights of the consultation:
  1. Some issues and concerns: language barrier, cultural differences, miscommunication, misunderstanding, need for prayer room/area to worship, lack of classrooms and chairs, lack of teachers, need for Maranao/Moro teachers (especially those having high number of displaced learners), need for stress management and other psychosocial activities, lack of school supplies and learning kits, bullying, students have no records of previous school and, some isolated violence

  2. Summary needs and recommendations identified:
    ・Psycho-Education & Training - PSS capacity building, training for school teachers & personnel, cultural sensitivity session and understanding intercultural/inter-religious considerations, communications
    ・PSS Intervention Program for Students - debriefing/processing for IDPs, drug prevention symposium (E Gusa National High School) and other social development activities
    ・Additional teachers - including guidance counselors, preferably Maranaos/Moro, ALIVE teachers
    ・Additional school materials/Kits and facilities - learners' kits, books, school supplies, classrooms, chairs and boards, prayer room, common toilet-neutral and hand wash facility (E Gusa NHS)
    ・Relief Goods - food and non-food items like clothing and hygiene kits
    ・Feeding Program - for students, including medical and dental consultations/check-up
    ・Money - for daily fare allowance

Balay Mindanaw's accomplishments to date:

  • 3,970 families have been provided with food packs, 1,000 families with non-food items and 1,338 families with dignity kits. All of these families are home-based IDPs seeking temporary shelter to relatives and friends in Saguiaran (Lanao del Sur), Iligan (Lanao del Norte) and Cagayan de Oro (Misamis Oriental).
  • 1,800 families in 13 Evacuation Centers in Balo-i, Pantar and Pantao Ragat has been regularly with provided potable water. A total of 147,204 liters of potable water has been provided.
  • 898 children in Saguiaran, Lanao del Sur has been provided with psycho-social support in the form of arts, songs and play therapy.
  • 25 volunteers from CDO-USAR, BFP10 and BARET have been trained for the sky hydrant operation and maintenance.
  • 50 youth leaders, volunteers, educators and IDPs have been trained in conducting of Psycho-social activities.
  • 150 volunteers have been mobilized for support to Balay Mindanaw's relief distribution activities.
  • Membership to Response Clusters and engaging local CSOs and mechanisms for coordination and support.

■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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