By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will be providing a one-time financial assistance worth P1,000 to each family displaced by the ongoing armed conflict in Marawi City.
As of 6 a.m. Sunday, 55,149 families or 266,092 persons have been displaced in the Marawi clash. Of those displaced, 4,105 families or 19,907 persons are staying in 71 evacuation centers.
Meanwhile, 49,525 families or 238,886 individuals are outside the evacuation centers and opted to stay with relatives or friends.
Through the DSWD’s Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations, the displaced families would receive P1,000 each for their purchase of food during the observance of Ramadan.
The program generally provides cash assistance to families who are in crisis to help them cope with their present situation.
“Most of our fellow citizens from Marawi are Muslims. We are now processing to provide them cash assistance because it is Ramadan. They can use the assistance to buy fruits because they are breaking their fast,” Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said.
She explained that the provision of cash assistance was suggested by representatives from Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte to help Muslim evacuees still observe Ramadan even if they are inside evacuation centers.
“We have checked that we can provide P1,000 for each family who evacuated. We will process the distribution properly to ensure that all evacuees will be included,” she added.
She however clarified that the provision of the financial aid will only be given “one-time,” as the DSWD continues to provide food assistance to the displaced families.
“This cash assistance is just one-time as we continuously provide them with food supplies. But we are also preparing the provision of additional assistance once they can finally go back to Marawi, such as tents which they can use as temporary shelter,” she said.
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