DSWD assists families affected by armed conflict in Pikit, North Cotabato

January 28, 2014 11:19 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 28 — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said on Tuesday it is assisting 841 families consisting of 4,205 persons affected by the armed conflict between government forces and members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Pikit, North Cotabato.

According to DSWD Secretary Corazon J. Soliman, the affected individuals are housed in 11 evacuation centers.

Soliman said that 10 of the evacuation centers are spread in Pikit, North Cotabato, serving 796 families comprising 3,980 persons, while one evacuation center is situated in Datu Piang, providing relief aid to 45 families composed of 225 persons.

She added that a total of 913 families equivalent to 4,565 individuals decided to relocate temporarily to the houses of their relatives and friends in safe locations.

The total number of displaced families recorded as of Tuesday was 1,754 equivalent to 8,770 persons.

The DSWD chief said she has ordered the allocation of P1 million standby fund and prepositioning of 717 family food packs amounting to P179,250.

She added that other food items and non-food items amounting to P5 million will be readily available for augmentation.

She also said that a six-man team was deployed to conduct rapid assessment in close collaboration with concerned local government units (LGUs).

Meanwhile, the LGU of Pikit has set up community kitchens in some of the evacuations centers to provide hot meals for the displaced families.

They provided eight sacks of rice worth P14,400 for the community kitchen operations and made available its calamity fund for the purchase of relief food items. (PNA)

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