National and local governments to conduct post-conflict assessment in Marawi City

UNTV News   •   August 8, 2017   •   4378


More than 200 personnel of the national and local government, people’s organizations and non-government agencies will start to go to evacuation centers beginning Tuesday to gather information from the internally displaced persons (IDPS) of the ongoing battle in Marawi City.

The assessment will start in Marawi City and will move on to other areas cleared by the military.

This is to determine how much expenses the government will have to incur in order to bring back normalcy in the lives of affected residents.

The post-needs conflict assessment will also be the basis for the comprehensive recovery and rehabilitation plan for Marawi City.

“We will determine how many residents need shelters, how many will be able to return, how many need permanent shelters and how many need to be transferred to the transitory shelter sites,” Office of Civil Defense Deputy Administrator for Administration Asec. Kristoffer James Purisima said.

The government ensured that those internally displaced persons staying outside the evacuation centers or the home-based IDPs will also be monitored and included in the assessment.

Meanwhile, an August 6 report showed less than 700 individuals were killed in the battle in Marawi City which include 528 terrorists, 122 soldiers and policemen and 45 civilians.

The military denied that their operations in Marawi City have slowed them down.

“We are trying our best to expedite it, but of course we have other tactical considerations that we have to put in mind, . . . the complexities on the ground, the considerations that we have to put in like the presence of hostages still in the hands of the enemies,” AFP Spokesperson BGen. Restituto Padilla Jr. said. – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

Landbank extends psycho-social support to Marawi survivors

Maris Federez   •   May 23, 2020

FILE PHOTO: Marawi residents

MANILA, Philippines — The Landbank of the Philippines (Landbank) on Saturday announced that it has given psycho-social support (PSS) to more than 2,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) of the five-month-long Marawi siege that took place from March 23 to October 23, 2017.

The project under Landbank’s Gawad Angat Bayan (Gabay) Program was funded by the Department of Finance (DOF) under the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau-Interest Differential Fund (KfW-IDF), according to the bank’s press release on May 23.

Since the implementation of the program in January 2019, Landbank said it has partnered with Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc. (BFMI) “to conduct various PSS activities that have so far benefited 1,673 internally displaced adults and 455 internally displaced children in ten (10) barangays and transitional shelters in Marawi City and Lanao del Sur.”

The Landbank media release said the PSS activity, called Mashwara Para Ko Kapamulong (Conversations for Healing), is designed to provide space for community sharing and community-building among IDPs and other individuals affected by violence.

It further said that the program also aimed at identifying and prioritizing issues within the communities, and come up with common hopes and possible actions to address the identified issues.

“The Landbank Gabay Program embodies the Bank’s commitment to help communities grow and recover. Since the implementation of the program in 2019, we were able to give hope to many of our brothers and sisters in Marawi City and Lanao del Sur, helping them rebuild their communities from the catastrophic impact brought about by the five-month-long siege in 2017,” Landbank President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo said.

The bank said it facilitated post-PSS activities, such as the Mashwara Corners, in partner-communities where participants shared their personal journeys since completing the Mashwara Para Ko Kapamulong activities.

The bank has also conducted a series of Children’s Festival which included games, storytelling and learning sessions for the internally displaced children.

Landbank said the PSS activity has a unique feature that incorporates eco-therapy where Landbank mounted various workshops and hands-on trainings on natural farming as a sustainable way of living and healing.

Landbank added that it also held a series of trainings of trainers on PSS, with a total of 101 graduates as part of the main components of the Gabay Program.

“The graduates eventually served as facilitators in the conduct of PSS activities and other interventions for the conflict-torn communities,” the advisory said. – /mbmf

Duterte fires OCD Deputy Administrator Kristoffer James Purisima

Marje Pelayo   •   May 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has dismissed Kristoffer James Purisima as deputy administrator assistant secretary of the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD). 

According to Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque, the President decided to remove Purisima from office due to “loss of trust and confidence.”

Roque could not tell, however, under what circumstance prompted the President to fire Purisima. 

Wala na po akong ibang impormasyon (I don’t have additional information) other than he was terminated due to loss of trust and confidence,” Roque confirmed. 

The OCD is the government’s main unit responsible for disaster preparedness and response in times of calamity.

Prior to his position in OCD, Purisima served as spokesperson of Task Force Bangon Marawi. MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)

OCD to lead government contact tracing efforts – IATF

Maris Federez   •   April 12, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) on Sunday, April 12, announced that the Office of Civil Defense will now lead the contact tracing efforts of the government amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.

IATF-EID spokesperson Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei Nograles, on a virtual presser on Sunday, said that to enhance the contact tracing of the government, disclosure of personal information of COVID-19 cases will now be mandatory or required.

“The Office of Civil Defense (OCD), in coordination with other agencies and Local Government Units (LGUs) as may be appropriate, shall hereafter lead the contact-tracing efforts of the government,” Nograles said.

The IATF spokesperson said this is among the new set of guidelines that were approved by the IATF-EID on Wednesday (April 8).

He also said that the OCD and the Department of Health (DOH) are directed to enter into a data-sharing agreement (DSA) in accordance with the “Data Privacy Act” or Republic Act10173.

Contact tracing involves three basic steps namely contact identification, contact listing, and contact follow-up, based on the World Health Organization (WHO) definition.

Besides leading contact-tracing efforts, the OCD shall also be the one to prepare an inventory of all medicines and medical supplies donated to the national government under Administrative Order No. 27 signed by Duterte last March 31.

As of Saturday (April 11), the DOH reported a total of 4,428 Covid-19 cases, with 247 deaths and 157 recoveries. – mbmf


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