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PIA Press Release
2008/10/28

New Bataan LGU responds to evacuees of insurgency-related incident

by Marvin H. Ilajas

Davao City (28 October) -- Hundreds of families have fled their homes following the insurgency-related incident that took place on Friday at Sitio Taytayan, Barangay Andap who now take temporary shelter in the municipal gym.

In response to the situation, Mayor Lorenzo Balbin, Jr. called on an emergency disaster coordinating council meeting yesterday and had facilitated the establishment of Incident Command System (ICS). He said through ICS he hopes the municipal government can handle the situation appropriately and provide the internally-displaced persons (IDPs) of basic needs. As of press time, the MSWDO has recorded 300 families now at the center.

Governor Arturo Uy personally visited the evacuation center and had assured the IDPs "ang atong gobyerno nagpakabana gyud aron maatiman kamo dinhi". (The Government is concerned in taking care of you here.) Yesterday, the Governor sent here his Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) chief to assist technically in the establishment of the ICS.

The system comprises three task units: the Evacuation, Logistics and Communication. Under evacuation are health services, relief operations, evacuation center management and monitoring. Logistics Unit comprises transportation, safety and the procurement of supplies. Communication Unit takes charge in gathering and disseminating information.

At around 12:00 noon yesterday, residents from four puroks of sitio Taytayan, through community leaders and barangay officials, have asked the Mayor that they be brought to the gym for temporary shelter as the reported armed conflict between the military and the NPA continues. The Mayor through the MSWDO had immediately set up the Incident Command Post and had directed all task units to attend to the IDPs round the clock.

The others who visited the evacuation center were SP Member Maricar Zamora-Apsay, SP Member Neri Barte, officials from DSWD Regional Office XI and the Red Cross. The DSWD donated 100 family food packs. (PIA XI) [top]

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