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Armm renews call for evacuees to register for relief programs

Cotabato City — The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm) is reiterating its call for evacuees to register using the Disaster Assistance and Family Access Card (Dafac), which is issued by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

“The evacuees should be registered, to have access to services and resources we are providing,” Armm Executive Secretary Laisa Alamia said. As of 5 pm last Thursday, a total of 40,753 families, have been displaced since the clashes in Marawi City started a month ago.

The delivery of services to displaced families has become harder in recent days as many Marawi residents did not register with DSWD as evacuees, especially those who are staying at their relatives’ houses in neighboring towns and cities. Only 970 families, or 4,691 individuals, are in designated evacuation centers, while 39,783 families, or 189,261 individuals, are home-based.

The regional government has utilized the Dafac system to ensure equal and timely distribution of relief packs for the evacuees. The system is applied by the DSWD-Armm to validate the status of families affected by the crisis, which will serve as a reference in the provision of appropriate interventions.

The Dafac, Alamia noted, will also be used in future rehabilitation and recovery programs for Marawi City. She said some evacuees went to Northern Mindanao (Region 10), Socsksargen (Region 12), and Davao (Region 11); while some have gone to as far as Visayas and Luzon. (bpi armm)

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