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Groups meet to outline IDPs' recovery plan in Lanao Norte

by Jorie C. Valcorza

Cagayan de Oro City (2 June) -- Moving to harmonize and streamline efforts for the recovery and rehabilitation of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Lanao del Norte, the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council 10 (RDCC 10) humanitarian task force members together with the Action for Conflict Transformation (ACT) for Peace Programme implementers convened last Friday, May 27 at Max Restaurant in Cagayan de Oro City.

Humanitarian task force member agencies presented during the meeting various interventions undertaken to help IDPs from communities affected by armed conflicts in Lanao del Norte last year.

Roque P. Barros, IDP specialist from the ACT for Peace likewise presented during the meeting six possible rehabilitation sites identified as beneficiaries for the Strengthening Response to Internal Displacement in Mindanao (StRIDe-Mindanao) Project, implemented under the ACT for Peace Programme.

Barros revealed that after a series of consultation with the provincial and municipal disaster coordinating councils particularly with the rehabilitation task force, the towns of Maigo, Kauswagan, Munai, Kolambugan, Tangcal and Poona Piagapo came out including five other Peace and Development Communities (PDCs).

The RDCC task force members on the other hand moved to adopt the list of severely affected areas identified by the ACT for Peace.

The humanitarian task force agreed to work hand in hand and devise plans that would facilitate a strong and no delay implementation of government programs especially in conflict affected areas.

In order to align government and non-government support programs for IDPs, it was decided during the meeting to do mapping of resources or assessment on the said areas.

UN-GoP -ACT for Peace Programme Manager Diosita Andot meanwhile emphasized to the group her intent to closely identify government projects for IDPs that would compliment ACT for peace efforts.

She is hoping to arrive on an agreement with partner agencies and finalize the plan for the recovery of IDPs and ultimately bring back normalcy in conflict-affected barangays. (PIA-10) [top]

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