By Shiela Mae Butlig
It has been a year since the evacuees from Mikamansi, Lagonglong have stayed at the capitol grounds. Despite their long stay, the evacuees stand firm with their decision not to return to their community and to remain camping out at the capitol grounds.
This decision was reached after a dialogue with Capitol Legal Officer Neil Pacana, Provincial Social Welfare Development head Jhunleymar Abella, and lumad leaders Datu Reynaldo Ayuma and Junrey Ilogon yesterday morning.
Pacana announced that Lagonglong Mayor Albert Jay Puertas is offering a hut for each of the 31 families at Banglay, Lagonglong.
Aside from the hut, Pacana added, Puertas is also offering livelihood aid.
However, Ilogon said they are not interested.
“Dili mi uyon nga ibalhin balhin sa lain nga lugar. Among gusto makauli na diritso na sa among komunidad,” said Ilogon
According to Pacana the capitol is getting worried since many of the evacuees have been getting sick.
“Gakaluoy ‘mi ug tan-aw sa ila (evacuees). Mao na nga tagaan nato sila ug insakto nga balay nga kapuy an,” he said.
Pacana assured the evacuees that if they agree to be relocated to Banglay, they will still extend assistance.