DSWD-ARMM Sends Aid to 5,000 Displaced Persons

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SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao (PNA) - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has sent social workers to address the needs of some 5,000 persons who fled their homes after two warring clans clashed in the borders of Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat.

Acting DSWD-ARMM Secretary Pombaen Karon Kader said the provincial social welfare office has already sent relief assistance to the affected families, many of whom are fisherfolks in the village of Datu Blah Sinsuat town.

"We are attending to their needs," Kader said, adding that her office has already set aside funds for man-made and natural calamities that often "visit" Maguindanao province.

Kader said her office has devised an emergency action plan that may be implemented during emergencies.

The displaced families in the Moro Islamic Liberation Front-Moro National Liberation Front (MILF-MNLF) conflict are temporarily housed in nearby villages and village halls hoping to return home in the soonest possible time.

Kader said the protagonists are actually related by blood and affinity but they differ in areas to be controlled. …