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Core shelters ready for Munai IDPs

by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

Cagayan de Oro City (26 January) -- At least P14.88 million have been spent to construct 148 housing units intended for the internally displaced persons (IDP) of Munai, Lanao del Norte (LDN).

Of this amount, P11.99 million or 80.6 percent (%) came from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) while P2.89 million or 19.4 percent (%) was put up by the local government unit, Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo, Regional Director of DSWD-10, said.

The project expenditure included the following: payment of labor cost for 148 workers under the cash-for-work component, P1.23 million, emergency shelter assistance, P50,000, modified shelter assistance, P9.91 million, installation of toilet with 74 septic tanks, P1.79 million, installation of water system, P447,615, multi-purpose hall cum evacuation center, P793,736 and day care center, P660,200.

An interior municipality located 18 km. south of the national highway in Bacolod, LDN, Munai accommodated some 4,891 families with 24,065 members from the neighboring areas who evacuated to the Poblacion after the August 18, 2008 atrocities perpetrated by the lawless MILF group (LMG) in the province.

A total of 148 houses were totally burned / destroyed while 10 others were partially damaged as a result of the incident. Thus, government and non-government organizations extended relief assistance to the evacuees, of which DSWD alone extended food and non-food items worth P1.409 million.

Solamillo said after the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) cleared the Barangays of Munai from LMG threats and declared the town peaceful, in December 2008, DSWD gave "pabaon" or provisions to some of the IDP's who wanted to go back to their respective areas.

It was then that the concerned LGU, with the help of DSWD and other non-government agencies, came up with the Indicative Rehabilitation Plan for the restoration and rehabilitation of the IDP's.

That plan included the construction of the core shelters, which have now been completed," Solamillo added. (PIA 10) [top]

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