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Kathanor facilitates identification of IDP-beneficiaries

April 12, 2019

MARAWI CITY, – The Kathanor database has provided a systematic platform in the distribution of a financial assistance amounting to P73,000 per displaced family representing the Livelihood Settlement Grant (LSG) and Transitory Family Support Package (TFSP) by the Department of Social Welfare and Development Office (DSWD) to track down the legitimate  homeowners and sharers from the barangays in the city’s most affected area (MAA) after the May 23, 2017 siege staged by Maute-IS terror group.   Spearheaded by Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM), the “Kathanor,” a Maranao term for profiling, began in October 2018 to list down the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Iligan City, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur and those in transitory shelters and evacuation centers.   Alnairah Macalaba, a resident of Banggolo Poblacion said that the “Kathanor” has helped in identifying the legitimate residents of Marawi and prevented duplication of profiles.   “Nakatulong po talaga ang Kathanor dahil wala na pong doble-doble na nagproprofile (It really helps to prevent duplication),” said Macalaba.   Quezon Guro also concurred that the Kathanor provided a smooth and organized process for the distribution of assistance.  “Talagang successful ang Kathanor kasi minsan sa isang pamilya kumukuha ng maraming Disaster Assistance and Family Access Card (DAFAC). Sa tulong ng Kathanor, natukoy kung sino talaga ang bibigyan ng tulong na ito (It succeeded in correcting the records, as some families were able to get several DAFACs and with the help of Kathanor, it is able to identify the families that really deserve help),” Guro said.  With the Kathanor, Guro believed that only the legitimate residents of Marawi would receive such assistance.   Meanwhile, TFBM Field Office Manager and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Assistant Secretary Felix Castro Jr. clarified that profiles registered for Kathanor are not deleted immediately.   “Hindi naman tayo nagdedelete ng walang dahilan. Kung ikaw ay naprofile, malaking chance at walang dahilan na hindi ka kasama. Unless na lalabas na hindi ka talaga taga-most affected area,” he said.  [We do not delete profiles without valid reasons. If you are profiled, there is a big chance and there is no reason that you will not be included.  Unless you are found that you are not a legitimate resident of the most affected area (MAA.]  Castro also said the TFBM would review the profiles that duplicate.  DSWD Undersecretary Felicisimo Budiongan also assured that the assistance would only be provided to the legitimate residents of MAA.  “We see to it na iyong mga karapat-dapat ang mabigyan ng mga tulong sa ating mga IDPs. Kami po ay kaagapay niyo sa pagbabalik ng inyong pamumuhay sa normal,” said Budiongan.  [We see to it that the assistance will only be given to the IDPs. We are here to support you as you go back to your normal lives.] Utilizing biometric authentication, the Kathanor collects the number, location, status and other characteristics of the head of households and members of Marawi.

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Displaced homeowners support demolition of destroyed houses

April 11, 2019

Marawi City,  - Displaced homeowners here gradually realize the importance of allowing the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) Inter-agency Committee on Debris Clearing (IACDC) to demolish their homes destroyed by the Marawi siege almost two years ago. This came after Marawi Mayor Majul Gandamra himself gave his consent to demolish their destroyed ancestral home at the most affected area's (MAA) in sector 5 last Valentine's day. Engr. Ikmat Bantuas of the National Housing Authority (NHA), which leads the IACDC, clarified that “the debris clearing team can't touch the structure without the owner’s consent.” "We are strictly following the demolition policy which was crafted based on a series of consultations with the Marawi LGU and the displaced homeowners," Bantuas pointed out. The policy states that if the owner permits the demolition of the structure, he/she should file an application for demolition with the Office of the Building Official (OBO) at Marawi City Hall with the declaration of personal information, particulars of the property, attestation that he/she is the owner of the structure as per attested by the Barangay Local Government Unit (BLGU) along with his/her consent to allow the IACDC to demolish his/her destroyed home. Upon the receipt of the application, the OBO shall motu proprio issue a "demolition permit." The contractor/NHA upon receipt of the approved "demolition permit" shall issue a corresponding "notice of demolition" to the owner of the building, indicating the time and date of demolition. Should the structure owner fail to show up on the scheduled time despite due notice, it shall be considered a renunciation of his/her privilege to witness the process. The contractor/NHA shall fully document all demolition activities with the presence of an official representative from the concerned BLGU. Any and all personal, valuables, and precious items recovered by the contractor/NHA during the demolition and clearing activities shall be properly documented and turned over to its rightful owner or to the BLGU. The owner shall fully acknowledge the same through a duly signed acknowledgment receipt of all items recovered during the demolition and clearing activities. Without the owner's consent, the contractor/NHA shall submit a letter-request to the OBO for the structural evaluation of the structure of those owners who refused to apply for demolition permit during the indicative period or sign a consent to demolish their building. The OBO shall endorse the request to the IACDC for the conduct of a structural evaluation of the structures and determine its structural integrity and habitableness. The result shall be submitted back to OBO for the issuance of proper demolition or non-demolition permit. If IACDC found the structure unsafe and unsound, the OBO shall exercise its authority under RA 386, RA 7160 and PD 1096 to issue a demolition order, authorizing the contractor/NHA to demolish the structure. The contractor/NHA shall fully document all demolition activities with the presence of an official representative from concerned BLGU. The owner or the barangay official shall fully acknowledge through a duly signed acknowledgment receipt of all the items recovered during the demolition and clearing activities. Following the assessment of IACDC and if it finds the structure still structurally safe and sound, OBO shall issue a certification to this effect and shall not be included in the list of structures recommended for demolition. However, the NHA warned the owners who refused or failed to give their consent for a free demolition of their unsafe homes, they will have to shoulder the cost of demolition on their own. "If they refuse to have their structures demolished now and later changed their minds, we will no longer come back for them," he said. Debris Management worth P2.3 billion is the number one preliminary of the Bangon Marawi Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Program (BMCRRP). In the recent TFBM press briefing held inside Marawi's MAA, TFBM chairperson and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Secretary Eduardo del Rosario announced that the UXO clearing will end in August and the demolition of 5,000 estimated number of destroyed structures will end in November this year.  "With permits from the Marawi City Government, displaced residents from Sector 1 shall be allowed to return to their homes on July; Sectors 2 and 3 will follow on August; sectors 4 and 5 in September; sectors 6 and 7 in October, and sectors 8 and 9 can return on November," del Rosario said. He added that by the end of November this year, all lots inside MAA are already mapped.

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TFBM assures debris clearing inside Marawi's MAA is on track

April 10, 2019

MARAWI CITY - Ten displaced homeowners from Barangay Sangkay Dansalan personally came here yesterday following an invitation by the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) Inter-agency Committee on Debris Clearing headed by the National Housing Authority (NHA) to witness the demolition of their houses in accordance with existing laws and guidelines.  This came after the inter-agency body composed of the NHA, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP), Department of Health (DOH) and the local government unit of Marawi labeled their structures as non-habitable and, therefore, should be demolished.  One of the homeowners, Noranisa Calandada turned emotional while seeing their ancestral house being crushed to the ground by wheel excavators.  "It hurts because we inherited this from our parents who had sacrificed just to build us a home," she shared.  However, Noranisa agreed to demolish their house because she sees it as a practical choice.  "The government recommended demolishing our house because it is non-habitable. Of course, we trust the government. We agreed because we can't afford to have more problems in the future," she said.  During the recent TFBM public consultation and dialogue, TFBM chairperson and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Secretary Eduardo del Rosario promised the Marawi IDPs to finish the debris clearing inside MAA in August this year and allow displaced residents to return and rebuild their homes on the first week of September.  "The repair of the least affected areas of MAA might even start as early as July and slowly, we'll allow residents to go back to their homes" del Rosario assured.  The Marawi rehab czar also urged the displaced homeowners to give their consent for the Inter-agency Committee on Debris Clearing to demolish their houses to avail themselves of free government services. Otherwise, they will have to personally shoulder the demolition costs.  Displaced residents from MAA are not yet allowed to return to their homes because there are 49 unexploded bombs still being recovered by the debris-clearing contractor as assisted by the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

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Marawi Children and Youth Peace Summit’

April 10, 2019

MARAWI CITY,  - Almost a hundred displaced children from the nine recipient-schools gathered at the clubhouse of Marawi Resort and Hotel Monday to participate in “Marawi Children and Youth Peace Summit” spearheaded by the World Vision Philippines in partnership with Marawi City Schools Division (MCSD).  According to City Schools Division Assistant Superintendent Ana Zenaida Unte, the children in Marawi need special attention and consideration because of their vulnerability to ISIS-linked Maute group recruitment.  "We need to strengthen our teachings about peace, respect and love for their family and the community. They are also being taught of the different ways on how to handle conflict. Their facilitation and leadership skills were also developed," she said.  During the whole-day summit, the displaced children were engaged in games, teambuilding, sharing their experiences, and dialogue.  Alrazzak Magarang, one of the participants, admitted that he was a bully to his friends before, but he learned from the summit that it was wrong, and that he should be a good influence to other children.  "Now, I tend to advise my fellow students to do good and be instruments in achieving peace. If we want peace and prevent the Marawi siege from happening again, we should all be patient and humble at all times," the 12-year-old student noted.  The peace summit aims to give the Marawi children a chance to express themselves and identify what are the areas they need to work on, World Vision Operations Director Xenia Legaspi explained.  "I am very inspired with these children's stories. They're very special to us and we'll find other ways to help them recover," Legaspi assured. World Vision is an International Christian Humanitarian Organization present in 100 countries around the globe, focusing primarily on the wellbeing of children.  It continues to implement its Marawi Peace and Protection project in this war-torn city, which aims to help strengthen government-mandated structures, faith-based and traditional structures for peace and child protection. The initiative also empowers at least 1,600 boys and girls and about 400 adults, including teachers, faith and barangay leaders on various peace and child protection promotion activities.

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BARMM prepares action plan for El-Niño

April 9, 2019

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (MAFAR-BARMM) led an inter-agency planning workshop on Friday, April 5, in Cotabato City to facilitate an immediate response to the affected areas of El-Niño in the Bangsamoro region.      During the workshop, the BARMM agencies prepared an El-Niño Damage Assessment Report, El-Niño Action Plan for the months of April to December 2019, which were already proposed during the inter-agency convergence meeting on March 27, 2019.      Engr. Mohajirin Ali, RPDO-BARMM Acting Executive Director, said the Action Plan will be the basis of the Bangsamoro Government in responding to the needs of affected residents and in accessing potential assistance from the donors or partners who are willing to provide various support.      “The RPDO is committed to any possible help and willing to provide the necessary services to the areas,” he added.      The agencies agreed to form a Task Force El-Niño, which will vice-chaired by Ministry of Local Government (MLG) and with the Regional Planning and Development office (RPDO-BARMM) as its technical secretariat.      The Task Force has set an initial meeting on April 11, 2019 to evaluate plans that have been identified during the activity.      The El-Niño phenomenon is characterized by an unusual warm sea surface temperatures in the central and eastern part of equatorial Pacific.      According to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), the country has been experiencing El-Niño since early February and will possibly last until May of this year. (BARMM)

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Lanao Sur continues to engage in activities vs violent extremism

April 9, 2019

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur -- The Provincial Government of Lanao del Sur is continuously engaging in activities to address the problem of violent extremism.  Representatives from the provincial government joined a two-day training workshop on “Service Providers of Rehabilitation, Reintegration and Aftercare Programs for Former and Potential Violent Extremists” organized by the United Nation Development Program (UNDP) from April 3-4 at New Dawn Plus, Cagayan de Oro City.       It was attended by the representatives of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPPAP), Mindanao State University Main Campus - IPDM, Teach Peace Build Peace Movement, Bureau of Corrections, Women Inspiring Women, FHATWA Institute Foundation Inc., and Ministry of Social Services of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.      The participants shared their ideas, suggestions, and experiences pertaining to the topics discussed and provided a clearer picture on how Formers and Potential Violent Extremists (PVEs) can be reintegrated and rehabilitated.       Through this activity, the participants were able to understand more about the perceptions of the PVEs and their methods on influencing vulnerable individuals as well as communities.       The activity ended with a discussion on the methods to be utilized in profiling and assessment; coming up with a framework, plans, and interventions,  as well as an agreement that implementation activities should have confidence building engagement and rehabilitation.       A Technical Working Group on Countering and Preventing Violent Extremism was recently created which focuses not only on resolving existing issues, but also imparting knowledge about peace processes that shall enable the people to gain a common understanding of harmonious collaboration and cooperation for the betterment of the community.  (PLGU Lanao del Sur/PIA10)

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