AN OFFICIAL of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Northern Mindanao said families displaced by the Marawi crisis only have until Wednesday, July 5, to register with the department.
DSWD-Northern Mindanao spokesperson Oliver Inodeo said families should inform village officials and register so they can be immediately validated by the social welfare office.
As of Tuesday, July 4, the DSWD has validated a total of 34, 769 displaced families where 32,012 are home-based while 2,767 stayed at the evacuation centers.
Inodeo clarified that a deadline was set in order to facilitate and properly account all forms of assistance from the government.
The family access card given to displaced families after the validation is also the basis for aid from other non-government organizations and international humanitarian groups.
Displaced families will be receiving P5,000 each from the government where P1,000 was given ahead for their immediate needs while the remaining P4,000 will be released once they return home after the government forces declared the entire city already safe from terror groups.
Inodeo said the deadline was decided after the consultative meeting among the officials of the DSWD and local leaders in the conflict-affected areas.
"Nag set na ta og deadline para ma-account na sila ug para ma-determine pila ang (We set a deadline to account and determine the) budget for their assistance," Inodeo said.
He added the deadline will also be the onset of the rehabilitation works to bring the evacuees back to their normal living.
Though the deadline has been set, late registrants will still be accommodated pending DSWD evaluation, which is based on the victims reason.
Inodeo also said the agency is already facilitating the transfer of the evacuees occupying the Madrasa schools to tent cities following announcement of the resumption of the Islamic classes.
Inodeo added that assistance particularly food items may have been delivered late due to a mobility gap.
"Wala nalangan ang DSWD paghatag sa assistance. Walay problema sa evacuation centers pero sa home based medyo naay gap kay pila raman ang sakyanan sa LGU. Ang dagan sa pag-transport mag-take gyud taas-taas nga period," Inodeo said (There’s no problem on the distribution of assistance in evacuation centers but on home-based, there is due to the mobility gap of local government units. The transportation really took time)