COTABATO CITY, Philippines – Local government units hosting Marawi residents who fled their homes amid continuous fighting between government troops and Maute militants received 26 truckloads of relief items from officials of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) yesterday.
The towns of Bacolod Calawi, Kapai, Wao, Madamba, Lumbayanague, Bubong, Piagapo, Poona-Bayabao, Buadipuso, Lumba-Bayabao, Maguing, Molundo and Ditsaan Ramain towns in Lanao del Sur received the relief supplies through the ARMM’s Humanitarian Emergency Assistance and Response Team.
More than 300,000 Marawi residents are staying in evacuation centers in Lanao del Norte and other areas in the ARMM, including Lanao del Sur.
ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman said they implemented measures to ensure that the relief goods are distributed only to real evacuees.
Hataman said evacuees were issued disaster assistance family access cards, which they can use to claim food supplies and other relief items.
Latest records show that aside from those staying in evacuation centers, there are 47,102 other evacuees who moved into the houses of their relatives or friends.