DPWH aids IDPs affected by Marawi crisis

MANILA-- Some 5,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in various evacuation centers in Iligan City affected by the ongoing armed conflict between the government forces and extremist Maute group in Marawi City, have received relief assistance from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Undersecretary Emil Sadain spearheaded the distribution of relief goods to 3,572 IDPs in five (5) evacuation centers located at Buru-un School of Fisheries, Ma. Cristina Gym, Tibanga Gym, Sta. Elena Gym and Buru-un Gym, on the directive of DPWH Secretary Mark Villar last June 14.

Likewise, a total of 1,428 IDPs in Madrasa and Muslim employees of DPWH, including the 103rd Infantry Battalion also benefitted in the relief initiative of the department.

In a statement, the DPWH said that the funds amounting to PHP4.78 Million came from the voluntary financial contributions of officials and employees of the DPWH Central Office, 17 Regional Offices and 182 District Engineering Offices nationwide.

The agency is also looking to extend financial assistance to families of soldiers killed or wounded in action.

At the same time, Sadain, in coordination with the Marawi City Crisis Management Group, will also visit Marawi City, Malabang, Lanao del Sur on Thursday where 5,000 IDPs are temporarily evacuated to distribute relief goods and foodstuff for the uniformed personnel of the 6th Infantry Battalion.

Also active in the relief operations are DPWH Region X Director Virgilio Eduarte, UPMO Director Madzmo Hasim, and Lanao Del Norte 2nd DEO District Engineer Rey Peter Guille.

On the other hand, the DPWH will be part of a National Oversight Committee that will be responsible for conducting clearing operations, damaged assessment on infrastructure and facilities.

These include roads, bridges, water supply systems, government centers, schools, public markets, houses, mosques, churches and other vital structures including the preparation of design plans and programs of work.

Source: Philippines News Agency