1,000 of the most vulnerable displaced families in five
municipalities located in the southeastern part of Lanao del
Sur each received P8,000 from the ICRC as livelihood
support. (ICRC/Lany dela Cruz)
Livelihood support reaches 5,000 displaced people
June 22, 2018
MANILA – Displaced
for more than a year since the start of the five-month conflict in
Marawi City, many families in south-eastern parts of Lanao del Sur
province continue to struggle due to lack of food and other
necessities. The absence of a stable income and capital for small
businesses has forced many who were traders before the start of the
conflict to rely on farming and fishing.
To help 1,007 displaced
families in Butig, Lumbayanague, Lumbatan, Masiu and Poona-Bayabao
municipalities earn a livelihood, the International Committee of the
Red Cross (ICRC) distributed multipurpose cash grants amounting to
P8,000 per family from June 20 to June 22.
“Many displaced families
gained access to farmlands and basic tools with the help of
relatives. But insufficient funds to buy farm supplies forced them
to take loans at a higher interest rate,” said Dragana Rankovic, who
heads the ICRC team on relief and livelihood assistance.
Grants amounting to P8
million were distributed during the three days, aiming to help the
most vulnerable displaced families. These included people with no or
low income, those in the evacuation centres, those with multiple
dependents especially young children, pregnant women, the elderly
and the sick.
One of the recipients,
Noronsalam Nasser, a mother of six from Datu Sa Dansalan village in
the most affected area in Marawi City, said, “When we fled to
Lumbatan, we took up fishing to provide for our families but the
income was barely enough to sustain us. With the cash grant, I will
set up a small business selling shoes and slippers. This cash
assistance will also allow us to send our children to school.”
Ever since clashes broke
out in May 2017, the ICRC, along with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC),
has helped hundreds of thousands of people affected by the Marawi
crisis. The focus has shifted to the remaining displaced families in
Marawi and Lanao del Sur by improving their access to health care
and clean water, along with livelihood recovery.
The ICRC, a neutral,
impartial and independent humanitarian organization that assists and
protects victims of armed conflicts, also financially supported the
PRC’s livelihood assistance for at least 1,500 conflict-affected
families within Marawi City.