Engr. Saidona, JDS Scholar from Hiroshima University conducts research on shelter rehabilitation in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao

By: UNYPAD ComTeam

COTABATO CITY/September 27 – Engineer Saidona Lawan, student of Hiroshima University will conduct data gathering for his thesis titled “Shelter rehabilitation in conflict-affected areas in Central Mindanao”.  The research primarily aims to assess the rehabilitation projects in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao.  It is expected to come up general technical guidelines for housing rehabilitation acceptable in the Bangsamoro areas.  The research will cover the provinces of Maguindanao, North Cotabato, and Lanao del Sur

“The target respondents for the research are the recipients of the previous core shelter projects implemented by the Mindanao Emergency Response Network (MERN) during the period of 2008 to 2012.  At least 520 recipients of the said project from the 23 barangays out of 37 barangays would be interviewed,” Saidona said.

“Examining the demographic profile, household size, educational attainment, the source of income, differences of the living condition before compared with the current situation, and the satisfaction of the beneficiaries to the rehabilitation program are the specific objectives of the study,” he added.

Saidona said his team is ready to conduct the data gathering.  “We have done the hiring and orientation of enumerators.  We have also coordinated the security sectors as well as the Government of the Philippines and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (GPH-MILF) peace mechanism,” Saidona said.

However, “the research team has the security challenges particularly in remote areas of Maguindanao and Lanao considering the conflict is still going on in the said areas,” he stressed.

Engineer Saidona is the second member of the UNYPAD to receive the prestigious Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS).  He served as the Provincial Secretary of UNYPAD Maguindanao Cluster 2 Provincial Chapter before he left the country to pursue Masters in Agricultural Engineering at Hiroshima University in Hiroshima, Japan.

Tu Alid Alfonso, UNYPAD Vice President, appreciated the Japanese government efforts in continuously supporting the Bangsamoro people through the educational assistance, peacebuilding, infrastructure, and livelihood programs.  I am grateful for the unconditional support of the Japanese people to Bangsamoro people”, Tu said.

Engineer Saidona before he went to the field for his research activity, he met the UNYPAD Executive Council headed by President Dr Rahib L. Kudto and leadership of the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) for the courtesy call and consultation after his arrival in Cotabato City from Hiroshima Japan last week of September.

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