Action Against Hunger, UNYPAD forge partnership to help Marawi IDPs

By: UNYPAD ComTeam

COTABATO CITY/September 21, 2017 – The United Youth for Peace and Development – Ranao Chapter (UNYPAD – RANAO) and Action Against Hunger (AAH) forged a partnership in providing relief assistance to the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Lanao del Sur on September 18.

Yusoph Lumambas, project coordinator for this program said that the intervention is called as “Emergency Basic Service Intervention for IDPs in Marawi.”

Lumambas said after the signing of partnership agreement, a three-day workshop planning on the operation of project was held immediately at the Pagana Native Restaurant, Cotabato City.

Sureshnatan Murugesu, AAH Technical Coordinator, together with AAH technical staffs facilitated the workshop. There are six UNYPAD-Ranao Community Organizers (COs) from Lanao del Sur and a Project Coordinator from the UNYPAD National Office who actively joined the workshop.

“The project team has formulated a concrete action plan for the succeeding months including social preparation, as well as administrative, technical, and security preparation to ensure the smooth implementation of the project,” said Ansary Diamaoden, Executive Director of UNYPAD-RANAO.

Baguindali Abdullah, Cotabato Base Operation Manager of AAH, said that some other expertise of their office includes WASH, food security, livelihood, good governance and other humanitarian related work.

“The intervention for IDPs in Marawi will focus on provision of transitional shelter, water and sanitation facilities, non-food items, hygiene kits, and cash for work transfer program”, Abdullah said.

“The project is targeting 20,000 beneficiaries out of the 80,000 IDPs in eastern part of Lanao Lake that is comprised of about twenty (20) municipalities,” he disclosed.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) report says that as of July 25 this year, a total of 104,220 families or 466,040 persons are displaced by the armed conflict. Of the total affected population, 4,950 families and 23, 647 persons are currently staying at 75 evacuation centers while 99,952 families and 444,056 persons are staying with their relatives tracked in 8 regions.

The Action Against Hunger and the UNYPAD has long partnership of interventions helping IDPs during the three major wars in Mindanao such as the “all-out war” declared by former President Estrada in 2000, the “all-out peace” of former President Arroyo in 2003, and in 2008 war between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

The last peace engagement between UNYPAD and AAH was the Mindanao Action for Peace and Development (MAPAD) project implemented in the provinces of Lanao, Maguindanao and North Cotabato.

The AAH is a non-profit, non-discrimination, non-political, non-religious and non- partisan international organization that has been operating in the Philippines for more than a decade.

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