By Yas D. Ocampo and Nonoy E. Lacson
Davao City – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) said it has allocated P35 million to aid displaced Marawi City residents.
The amount, the ARMM said, would benefit around 200,000 individuals staying in evacuation centers.
These also include those who have found safety in the homes of friends and family.
ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman said that the government continues to be on the frontline of government services in the area.
“We need to help ease the burden and alleviate the suffering of the people of Marawi,” Hataman said.
According to the ARMM’s crisis management committee, the government has been able to distribute relief packs of around 200,234 to the evacuees, while providing medical assistance for 4,003 individuals.
Aaround 300 to 500 people are believed still trapped in the city, as fighting between government forces and the Maute terror group enters its fourth week.
The crisis management team said it has rescued around 5,132 people from the danger zones.
The ARMM’s Health department, meanwhile, has set up an operation center in Iligan City to provide medical assistance to the evacuees.