DISPATCHES: Military Abuses in Southern Philippines

MANILA (MindaNews/19 April) — Here’s a snapshot of the plight of tens of thousands of internally displaced people in the Philippine province of Maguindanao after an anti-insurgent military operation: women, children, and… »

NHA turns over P12.6-M new houses to Zambo ‘bakwits’  

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/11 April) – The government on Friday turned over 50 loftable duplex housing units worth P12.6 million to families displaced during the 21-day standoff between government and the… »

Boy dies in Maguindanao evacuation center due to diarrhea

MAMASAPANO, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 26 March) – The Department of Health in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DOH-ARMM) today reported, with sadness, the demise of one of the 120,000… »

All set for graduation in conflict-affected areas in Maguindanao

MAMASAPANO, Maguindanao (March 25) – All is set for the elementary and high school graduation ceremonies in conflict affected communities in Maguindanao, an education official said Wednesday. Meriam Kawit, Maguindanao… »

Never-ending evacuations

Sisters Saria Namawog (left) and Cartiquia Cartin (right) of Barangay Elian, Datu Saudi Ampatuan, have lived a life of never-ending evacuations. “We’re too old to evacuate,” they said. The sisters… »

Maguindanao’s bakwits now 125,302; grandmas say they’re too old to evacuate  

DATU SAUDI AMPATUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews/22 March) – Three generations of families of sisters Cartiquia Cartin and Saria Namawog are among 125,302 residents who fled their villages in Maguindanao following the… »

Through Her Eyes

An elderly woman of the Banwaon tribe tries to rest inside a makeshift tent in the evacuation center in Barangay Balit, San Luis town in Agusan del Sur on Tuesday… »

Bakwit population in Maguindanao now 72,585

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 March) – The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) or bakwits (evacuees) in 11 of 36 towns in Maguindanao due to the military operations against the Bangsamoro… »

Water Supply

Bakwits line up to get their water rations from a fire truck in Datu Salibo town, Maguindanao province on Saturday (7 March 2015). Fresh fighting between the military and the… »

‘Bakwits’ in Pikit advised to go home after joint AFP-MILF clearing operations

PIKIT, North Cotabato (MindaNews / 24 Feb) – The military given the go signal for the internally displaced persons (IDPs or “bakwits”) in this town to return home after the Army… »

NHA asks construction firm to “remove and replace” 3 houses for Zambo ‘bakwits’

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/03 November) – The National Housing Authority (NHA) has ordered the firm undertaking the construction of 158 housing units for the “bakwits” to “remove and replace” the three… »

Zambo health office conducts anti-measles vaccination for ‘bakwits’

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/05 August) – The City Health Office is conducting mass vaccination against measles at the evacuation centers and transitory sites that house thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)… »

Zambo opens 8th transitory site for ‘bakwits’

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/19 July) – The city government, in partnership with local and international agencies, has formally opened on Thursday the 8th transitory site in a bid to gradually clear… »

Zambo villages urged to construct evacuation centers

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/28 June) – The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) urged every barangay here to have its own evacuation center where residents could seek shelter in times of calamities.… »

Zambo ‘bakwits’ receive P9.7M livelihood assistance from DSWD

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 25 June) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has released P9.7 million to 42 Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran (SEA-K) associations comprising of internally displaced persons… »

Half of refugees in sports complex not Zambo siege ‘bakwits’

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/21 June) – The local government unit has discovered that almost half of the 2,478 families staying at the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex were not displaced by… »

More Badjao ‘bakwits’ in Zambo moved to transitory site

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/31 May) – The local government has transferred another 30 Badjao families from R.T. Lim Boulevard, also known as “Cawa-Cawa” Boulevard, to the transitory site in Sitio Masepla,… »

100 Zambo ‘bakwits’ to complete livelihood skills training

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 29 May) – A total of 100 internally displaced persons (IDPs) or “bakwits” in this city are set to complete a month-long livelihood skills training Wednesday… »

WFP to resume food-for-work program for Zambo ‘bakwits’

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/17 May) – The World Food Programme (WFP) will resume next week its food-for-work program that would benefit some 6,000 families displaced by the September 2013 siege in… »

City gov’t relocates Zambo ‘bakwits’ staying in Cawa-Cawa Boulevard

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/12 April) – The city government has transferred at least 32 families displaced by the September 2013 siege from R.T. Lim or Cawa-Cawa Boulevard to two elementary public… »

Fake ‘bakwits’ uncovered in Zambo

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/10 April) – The local government has discovered 400 families pretending to be internally displaced persons (IDPs), or evacuees, staying along the shore of R.T. Lim Boulevard known… »

Zambo siege victims get housing aid

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/29 March)–-Thirty families displaced by last year’s deadly standoff here have initially received housing assistance worth P30,000. The standoff started on September 9 when hundreds of Moro National… »

Celebrating the Bangsamoro: “They’ve run out of green cloth,” says Iqbal

DAVAO  CITY  (MindaNews/26 March) – On Saturday, five days before the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front… »

Nat’l gov’t releases P2.6B to NHA to build shelters for Zambo siege ‘bakwits’

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 26 Feb) – Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar has announced that the national government has already released P2.566 billion to the National Housing Authority (NHA) for the… »

Zambo health office steps up monitoring of evacuees

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/12 February) – The City Health Office here has stepped up efforts to ensure that evacuees, the bulk of which are staying at the sports complex and R.T.… »

Surigao solon pushes passage of ‘bakwits’ bill

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/26 October)—Surigao del Norte Rep. Guillermo Romarate (2nd district), chair of the House Committee on Human Rights, has pushed the passage of a bill for “bakwits” or internally… »

Midsayap villagers: farmers by day, ‘bakwits’ by night

MIDSAYAP, North Cotabato (MindaNews/25 September) – Residents of barangays Bual Norte, Palongoguen and portions of Malingao in this town were trying to restore some normalcy in their lives two days… »

Midsayap Bakwits

Some 100 displaced families from Barangay Malingao in Midsayap, North Cotabato seek refuge at the Salunayan Elementary School following clashes between government forces and members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom… »

Fire victims, ‘bakwits’ high on priority list of Zambo gov’t

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/20 September)—As the armed conflict here entered Day 12 on Friday, Mayor Maria Isabelle “Beng” Climaco-Salazar vowed to give top priority to the fire victims and the tens… »

Zamboanga ‘Bakwits’

Internally displaced persons line up to register themselves in Lunzuran Barangay Hall in Zamboanga City Wednesday afternoon (18 September 2013) as the armed conflict here between government troops and the… »

Center for Children

Children of evacuees at the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex in Zamboanga City join learning activities organized by volunteers at the temporary Day Care Center put up by the local… »

Keeping high the children’s hopes

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 15 Sept) – More than 90 children of evacuees are gathered at the temporary shelter provided by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as… »

NorthCot gov asks military to intervene in MILF-MNLF row

CARMEN, North Cotabato (MindaNews / 29 May) – North Cotabato Governor Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza has asked the military on Wednesday to intervene in the row between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and… »

Evacuees from Sabah: 4,439

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 March) –  The number of evacuees who have arrived from Sabah since March 6 has reached 4,439 as of 11 a.m. on March 27, more than twice… »

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