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Evacuees in Surigao Sur rises to 1,855


The DSWD and local government officials have “doubled” their efforts to assist the families displaced by a military campaign against the New People’s Army. Photo courtesy of DSWD-Caraga

The number of people displaced from conflict areas in two Surigao del towns has reached to 389 families or 1,855 internally displaced persons (IDPs) as government forces continue their combat operations, records from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD 13) showed.

According to the DSWD- Disaster Response Assistance and Management Bureau (DReAMB), military operations against the New People’s Army had forced at least 389 families to flee their homes in the towns of Lianga and San Agustin, currently being attended to by social welfare workers.

The latest all-out army offensive is aimed at pursuing rebels responsible for the landmine blast in Barangay San Isidro, Lianga that killed two lumads and a soldier on Nov. 6.

The DSWD- DReAMB said at least 360 families are being hosted at the Tribal Filipino Program for Surigao del Sur (TRIFPSS), a tribal school in Kilometer 9, Barangay Diatagon, Lianga; while another 29 families or 150 IDPs in the town of San Agustin are staying in the homes of relatives.

Mita Chuchi G. Lim , DSWD regional director , said their agency and local government officials have “doubled” their efforts to assist the IDPs and are closely coordinating for any concern and possible assistance to the evacuees.

Lim said relief packs, containing rice, instant noodles canned sardines and laundry have been distributed for each family.

“Through DReAMU, our team composed of social welfare workers, staff and personnel from our regional office are already on the ground to closely and continuously monitor the situation in close coordination with the Local Social Welfare and Development Offices (LSWDOs) and Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (LDRRMOs) to ensure provision of continuous and timely updates for continuous possible assistance from our agency),” Lim said. By GD

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