THE situation is now back to normal for residents in Calinan and Paquiabato districts in Davao City after Thursday's heavy firefight between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the New People's Army.

City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO) head Maria Luisa Bermudo said residents are now back home. It was only on the 16th until the 18th that they stayed in evacuation centers while those from Lacson only evacuated from 16 to 17.

The CSSDO gave food assistance to 700 families from Lamanan and 120 families from Lacson, Calinan, Davao City.

These residents were advised by the military to temporarily sleep in the barangay centers from Thursday to Saturday due to the ongoing firefight.

On Thursday, February 16, two soldiers and two communist rebels were killed while 15 were wounded when a land mine exploded along the boundary of Barangay Lacson and Barangay Lamanan and firefight ensued.

Bermudo said the residents during those nights slept in the gym, school sites, and the house of their close relatives and neighbors in sitio proper.

A stress debriefing was also done by CSSDO Calinan District last February 17 in gyms where the children stayed.

Bermudo said that last Saturday, the team from CSSDO also gave food assistance to Malabog, Paquibato District.

“Ang last nato Saturday, pero in monitoring lang gihapon ta because we don’t know anytime mag-ano jud ang ano we are just ready for our food relief assistance (The food assistance given in the Paquibato will be the last batch but we are still monitoring the situation because an incident can happen anytime so our food relief assistance is always ready),” she said.