Ecoweb Inc. attends regional coordination meeting of Regional Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Committee led by the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) and the Autonomous Region on Muslim Mindanao- HEART on June 4 at Frosty Bites Command Center.
In this meeting, ASec. Hope Hervilla assured that there is enough resources and food packs for relief operation or for relief assistance for home-based Maranao displaced communities.
Hervilla, who visited evacuation centers in host communities, expressed sadness on their plight and felt sorry for the host families who take the burden which is supposedly a primary responsibility of the government.
The meeting also clarified major issues relating to humanitarian interventions such as the delay in validating home-based bakwits as cited by the regional Social Welfare Department (DSWD) and the need to coordinate listed home-based IDPs with the host barangays.
DSWD reported, “as of June 1 that about 87% of the more than 100,000 documented IDPs are home/community-based or outside evacuation centers.”
The situation compels EcoWEB and partners to concentrate its humanitarian assistance to home/community-based IDPs by applying survivor-led response to crisis (SLR) approach. To date more than 1,000 family IDPs have been assisted by EcoWEB and partners thru a combination of SLR approach and quick response through the support of Christian Aid and L2GP,” Regina Antequisa, executive director of Ecoweb Inc., said.
“In its monitoring efforts in various host communities in Iligan, Lanao del Sur and del Norte, EcoWEB and partners noted that majority of the home/community-based IDPs have not yet received assistance from the government and even from other agencies. Mainly, they survive through the support of their relatives,” she further said.
“Its alredy too much burden to the host families to feed the IDPs – some as high as eight families – for about two weeks already,” Asec Hervilla commented.