GenSan LGU allots P5 million for Marawi ‘bakwits’

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 15 June) – The city government has allocated some P5 million to augment the relief operations for residents who were displaced by the continuing conflict in Marawi City.

Mayor Ronnel Rivera said the release of the assistance was endorsed in a recent meeting by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC), which he heads.

Evacuees from Marawi City seek medical treatment at an evacuation camp in Iligan City. MindaNews photo by Bobby Timonera

He said the local government will provide financial assistance to national government agencies and local government units that are leading the relief operations in evacuation centers in the cities of Marawi and Iligan.

Part of the funds will be utilized to assist the needs of evacuees from Marawi who have resettled in the city, he said.

“There are also ongoing campaigns by some offices and the private sector to generate additional assistance for the Marawi evacuees,” the mayor said.

Since June 3, the city government has already documented a total of 330 families or 1,563 individuals from Marawi who have relocated to the area.

Rebecca Magante, chief of the City Social Welfare and Development Office, said they monitored the arrival of the evacuees through reports from four main checkpoints of the Army-led Joint Task Force GenSan.

She said the evacuees, who were mostly accommodated by relatives and friends, are settled in Barangays Bula, Dadiangas South, Labangal, San Isidro, Calumpang, Baluan and Fatima.

Barangay Bula hosts the most number of evacuees with 135 families, followed by Labangal with 67, and San Isidro with 42.

Magante said the city government, in coordination with the barangays, has already released relief assistance to the evacuees.

“We’re very grateful because their host families are also making ways to provide some of their basic needs,” she said.

The official said they are working on providing educational cash assistance to the children of the displaced families to ensure that they would continue with their studies.

Citing a directive from the national government, she added they will make sure that all displaced children of school age will be enrolled in local schools. (MindaNews)