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PIA Press Release
2010/06/11

IDPs in 8 villages in North Cotabato, Sarangani receive P15-M for rehab

Koronadal City (11 June) -- Seven villages in North Cotabato and one village in Sarangani Province are poised to receive support and assistance amounting to more than P15-M for early recovery and rehabilitation of internally-displaced persons (IDPs).

Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) chairman Secretary Jesus Dureza led the turnover ceremonies and launching of the ACT for Peace Programme's Early Recovery and Rehabilitation Project at East Asia Royal Hotel, General Santos City yesterday.

Secretary Dureza said, the program intends to provide relief, emergency and rehabilitation of internally-displaced persons (IDPs) and their communities through restoration of basic services, livelihood, shelter, governance, and security in the target communities.

Cynthia Guerra, area manager for Southcentral Mindanao of ACT for Peace Programme, said a total of P12,695,607 is allocated for the restoration and rehabilitation activities in seven barangays of three conflict areas in North Cotabato.

The program will benefit 692 households in the villages of Dunguan and Tapodoc in Aleosan; Damatulan and Lomopog in Midsayap; and Maybula, Kanibong, and New Bunawan in Tulunan.

Also, P1,612,136 is allotted for 72 households in Lumasal, Maaasim, Sarangani.

Local government units where these villages belong will also allocate additional contributions amounting to 10% of the amount allocated by A4P Programme.

"These eight villages are among the communities affected by the 2008 armed conflicts that resulted in total and partial evacuation and dislocation of residents. Many houses in these villages were burned and totally destroyed due to the conflict," Guerra explained.

"Development efforts in the communities involve a three-pronged approach: rebuilding the community through basic social services and preserving livelihood by increasing broad-based participation and protecting assets; addressing underlying causes of vulnerability through mechanisms for peacebuilding and reconciliation - and addressing root causes of natural and man-made disasters; and assisting in the creation of a conducive environment for stabilization and sustainable integration by ensuring early access," she said.

She also explained that assistance for the IDPs include support for educational facilities, construction of barangay health stations, reconnection of electricity, construction of 25 core shelters (or repair of 75 houses), and psycho-social activities.

Displaced families will also be provided micro-finance and agricultural inputs assistance and skills training.

During the launching ceremonies Sec. Dureza handed a check for P5,068,405.23 to the Maguindanao Development Foundation Inc. (MDFI), the partner-NGO for Lumasal, New Bunawan, Kanibong and Maybula.

Another check for P4,947,015.34 was handed to the United Youth for Peace and Development. Inc. (UNYPAD) for barangays Damatulan, Lumopog, Dunguan, and Topodoc.

Among the dignitaries who witnessed the turnover and launching were Tulunan Mayor Lani Sarillo-Candolada and Sarangani Governor Miguel Rene Dominguez. (Danilo E. Doguiles/PIA 12) [top]

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