Internally displaced persons (IDPs) returning to Marawi City must register first with the local government so they can be given the necessary assistance, a City Welfare and Development (CSWD) official said.
The government is optimistic it can complete the construction of 500 to 600 temporary shelters for Marawi evacuees December 15 despite constant heavy rain that made the undertaking a challenge.
“This is the positive result of martial law, people now have discipline. That’s why it should be continued,” says Police Superintendent Ebra M. Moxsir
Members of the Philippine Coast Guard have arrived at their headquarters in Luzon Friday morning, November 3 after a five-month tour of duty in Marawi City. The PCG left the port area here on Wednesday afternoon November 1.
Members of the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPAT) of Barangay Loksadatu, in Marawi City, arrested Wednesday, November 1, an Indonesian national whose name is under a government list of people linked to the Maute group.
Instead of requiring displaced Marawi residents to live in transitional shelters, a Moro leader advised government that giving them direct financial assistance would be a better way to facilitate rehabilitation efforts in the war-torn city.
Muslims and Christians alike must work together to ensure that what happened in Marawi City and other areas in Mindanao will not be destroyed by extremists.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said if government forces are found guilty of looting residents in Marawi City, homeowners should receive reparations.
Evacuees who are returning to Marawi City are urging officials to allow them participate directly in the planning stage and even in the actual rehabilitation.
A high-ranking official of the Department of Social Welfare and Development said language barrier could be a problem of the department once they start conducting psychosocial intervention among hundreds of thousands of evacuees.