By Chito Chavez
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has cited the Duterte administration for its efforts to provide ample shelter to families affected by the Marawi City siege.
Based on the data provided by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), almost 10,000 displaced persons or over 1,600 displaced families are still living in temporary shelters.
CHR spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia said “this is a welcome development especially for families who have been struggling and yearning for a chance to return to their homes for more than two years now’’.
Despite the recent development, the CHR renewed its call for the concerned government agencies to facilitate the assistance to the victims and to fast-track the recovery and rehabilitation efforts.
At present, de Guia noted “there are still thousands of families living in evacuation centers’’.
She also expressed fears for the health and medical state of the victims citing that many are at risk and are forced to dwell in dismal living conditions.
“It is necessary that we all continue our undertakings in ensuring that they will be provided adequate long-term housing solution,’’ de Guia emphasized.
Expressing deep concern, de Guia said Marawi City, after more than two years of “its fateful demise”, has remained buried in rubble.
“As a nation, we must be part of collective efforts that would help our brothers and sisters from Marawi not only in rebuilding homes, but in rebuilding their lives,’’ she added.
“We are hoping that in the coming months more families will be relocated to safer and more appropriate shelters,’’ de Guia concluded.