Temporary Shelters, Bunkhouses in Lanao, Philippines

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the lead government agency in overseeing the plight of displaced persons, is building additional five bunkhouses to serve as temporary shelters for the evacuees in Munai town, Lanao del Norte province.

The five additional bunkhouses will house the residents of four villages namely, Tamparan, Pantaon, Liningding and Bacayawan, who recently fled their homes for fear of being caught in the crossfire in the on-going law enforcement offensive against the rouge Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) group led by Abdulrahman Macapaar alias Commander Bravo.

The law enforcement offensive was launched after Commander Bravo led his men in the August 18 attacks in several areas in Lanao del Norte.

Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) Region 10 Director Carmelito Lupo said the evacuees are now staying in temporary shelters in school buildings and within the municipal hall premises.

Lupo said the number of families in Munai severely affected by the on-going armed conflict staying in evacuation centers rose 700 from 268 as of October 23.

The number of mildly affected families is listed at 1,777. They are staying with their friends and relatives.

Lupo said the evacuees refused to return to their homes despite the military’s assurance of safety for them to do so.

He said the DSWD will provide the materials for the construction of the additional bunkhouses while the labor cost will be shouldered by Munai municipal government.

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