ARMM sends aid to residents displaced by conflict in Basilan PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 11:14

The Humanitarian Emergency and Action Response Team (HEART) of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao is set to dispatch a 10-man team for a relief mission in Tipo-tipo, Basilan following recent skirmishes between government forces and members of the rebel Abu Sayyaf group.

“We’re sending off 400 food packs in aid for 264 families as validated by our volunteers from the area,” Ramil Masukat, head, regional disaster risk reduction management office, said.

Following government encounter with the lawless group, civilians from villages of Silangkong and Baguindan fled for safety, taking refuge with relatives in neighboring barangays.

The 2-day relief mission is to provide immediate assistance over a number of house-based evacuees affected with the recent constraints.

The team, consisting of personnel from the social welfare, health, local governance, education, science department  and the ARMM-HEART operation center is anticipated to hand out food aid, Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

Food packs consisting of basic commodities such as 5 kilos of rice, canned goods, and other food stuff is expected to supplement family provisions while volatile situation is still closely monitored in the area.

“We are to ensure food and health situation of the evacuees will be given preferential attention, with the mandate of the ARMM-HEART, we see to it that we are always prepared to respond to situations such as this,” Masukat said.