CSOs send volunteers to fast tract release of DSWD family assistance card for home-based Marawi evacuees

Twelve youth volunteers are fielded by the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to the City Social Welfare Development (CSWD) of Iligan city for at least a week starting June 16 to help encode the profiles of Marawi evacuees, mostly home-based who have not received assistance from the DSWD yet due to lack of Family Assistance Card.

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Students of MSU-Naawan volunteer to encode profiles of evacuees in Iligan city.

This is part of the resolution following coordination meeting between the CSOs and the Regional Coordinating Command Center (RCCC) facilitated by the NAPC-VDC represented by EcoWEB Executive Director to address the problem of slow data encoding of profiles of evacuees due to lack of personnel of Iligan City Social Welfare and Development. The fielding of additional volunteers from CSOs is aimed  to fast tract the entry of data of more than 9,000 IDP families into the data based of DSWD and “facilitate the distribution of Disaster Family Assistance Card to home-based IDPs the soonest time possible,” said Regina Antequisa, executive director of Ecoweb Inc.

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Youth volunteers from MSU-Naawan campus encode profiles of Marawi evacuees hosted in Iligan city.

The initial 12 volunteers are from UNHCR, Kapamagogopa Inc., One Tabang Marawi and ECOWEB. Additional volunteers shall be fielded by EcoWEB in the coming week upon entry of student interns from MSU Naawan.

CSWD requested 50 volunteers to help in the data management.

Latest report of Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) revealed that evacuees from the Marawi crisis already reached more than 266,000 individuals which number already exceeded total population of Marawi.

Report from the field volunteers said that populace from neighbouring municipalities of Marawi have already evacuated as well showing an increasing number of IDPs since May 23 after the violent conflict between government troops and Maute group started.