THE Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) spent P35 million in humanitarian aid for the victims of the ongoing crisis in Marawi City.

ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman said the expenditure covers urgent relief for the more than 200,000 individuals now based in evacuation centers, staying in their relatives’ houses, or temporarily sheltered in the region’s operation center.

Hataman said the aid is aimed at meeting the growing humanitarian needs of communities struggling with the current situation in Marawi City.

“We need to help ease the burden and alleviate the suffering of the people of Marawi,” he said.

Latest update from the ARMM’s crisis management committee (CMC) indicated the Regional Government served relief packs to 200,234 evacuees and provided medical services to 4,003 individuals.

The CMC responds to the emergency needs of the Marawi residents through a 24/7 emergency helpline.

The governor said the current funds from the Regional Government can still respond to the needs of the evacuees.

He said the government has so far allocated about P77 million for the victims of the crisis.

The ARMM’s Health department set up an operation center in Iligan City to provide medical assistance to the evacuees.

The Regional Government uses a system dubbed as Disaster Assistance and Family Access Card (Dafac) to ensure equal and timely relief distribution to individuals struggling with the situation in Marawi City.

The system is applied by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to validate the status of families affected by the crisis, which will serve as a reference in the provision of appropriate interventions.

ARMM executive secretary Laisa Alamia said the Dafac will also be used in future rehabilitation and recovery programs for Marawi City. (Bong Garcia/SunStar Philippines)