07 February 2014
ARMM HEART provides relief to IDPs in Maguindanao
COTABATO CITY- Thousands of displaced individuals in the village of Macasendeg in Midsayap, North Cotabato received relief assistance and free medical service from the joint team of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Humanitarian Emergency Action and Response Team (ARMM-HEART) and the Army’s 6th Infantry Division on Thursday.
The individuals are originally from the village of Dasawao in Shariff Saydona, Maguindanao but were forced to flee their homes due to the clashes between government troops and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighter (BIFF).
The relief team was able to serve 758 families with 3790 individuals in the area.
One of those displaced, farmer Racman Gandi, 48, said his family is willing to go back to their home in Dasawao when the fighting stops and government officials can guarantee their safety.
“Pagod na kami sa gulong ito, sana matapos na (We’re tired of this conflict, I hope it ends soon.),” he said.
Gandi said the relief from the ARMM government will help them get by the hardship of life in the evacuation center.
Aside from the relief goods and medical service, evacuees were also able to get free haircut.
Laisa Alamia, ARMM executive secretary, said ARMM HEART targets to cater all affected families at identified evacuation sites.
She said similar relief operations will be conducted at other evacuation sites in the days ahead.
“We like to let these displaced families feel that they are not being neglected by the government,” she said. (Bureau of Public Information)