Reaching out the Displaced

Stories of displacement in Mindanao continuously occurs despite the hope that flourished after the signing of the historical Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro on October 2012. It seems that the hope for peace and prosperity  in the land  is not only hampered by the widely known Mindanao problem on historical injustices but also by other existing local conflict and adversity in many communities.

The presence and occurrence of various armed groups is still a serious threat to the life and properties of many individuals especially in remote areas where development is hardly achieved. Especially of those groups who are evidently showing resistance to the what is seemed a key towards long lasting peace not only in Mindanao but in the whole country.

May 5 2013, when an armed encounter between the forces of MILF and MNLF in Matalam, North Cotabato. The same moment or right after when about 391 families were forced to flee and were left of no choice but to leave their homes and properties.

July 6, 2013 when forces of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) had their armed encounter in Brgy. Dasawao, Shariff Saidona Mustapha in Maguindanao  causing fear and forced displacement to 129 families from the said barangay.

On the following days, hundreds of families from nearby barangays that are even covered by other municipalities and the other province also evacuated in fear of their lives and of possible escalation of conflict. Military operations were conducted causing fear to the communities. Ambush related to this armed conflict gives more worst scenario of families leaving their homes and properties.

This situation along with the floodings which hit the provinces of Maguindanao and North Cotabato  call the attention and concern of different organizations working on humanitarian services.

On July 18,  a simultaneous and joint relief operations for the displaced families due to the BIFF-AFP armed encounter was conducted in affected barangays in the municipalities of Shariff Saidona Mustafa, Guindulungan, Datu Piang and Sultan sa Barongis in Maguindanao and in municipality of Pikit in North Cotabato.

Photos during relief operations

Photos during relief operations

Together with the Maguindanao Development Foundation Inc. (MDFI), United Youth of the Philippines-Women (UnYPhil-Women) reached out to the displaced families in affected communities.

A thousand of families were provided with relief items during the joint relief operation of the two organizations. Each of the 1,000 families received food items such as 4 kilos of rice, 1 pack of noodles, 1 canned sardines and 1 pack of dried fish.

To be able to realize this relief activity, UnYPhil-Women have been doing protection missions that includes monitoring, validation and assessment in coordination with local government units (LGUs) , and concerned government agencies.

During the operation, UnYPhil-Women staff splits the team into two (2) to serve simultaneously the affected families in different barangays. Team 1 was designated to barangays of Kulambog in Sultan sa Barongis, Ganta in Datu Piang while Team 2  served the evacuees in Brgy. Bagan in Guindulungan and Brgy. Paidu Pulangi in Pikit.

Following table shows the data on number of families served during the relief operations.





Brgy. Dasawao, Sharif Saidona Mustafa, Maguindanao Sitio Tugunan, Sitio Sok, Sitio Dadtum, ProperPaidu Pulangi, Pikit, North Cotabato  Brgy. Paidu Pulangi, Pikit, North Cotabato



Brgy. Ganta Sharif Saidona Mustafa, Maguindanao  Brgy. Bantak Sharif Saidona Mustafa, Maguindanao  Brgy. Damabalas, Datu Piang, Maguindanao



 Brgy. Kateman, Guindulungan Sitio Silep, Brgy. Bagan, Guindulugan  Brgy. Bagan, Guindulungan, Maguindanao



Brgy. Kulambog, Sultan Sa Barongis Maguindanao Brgy. Kulambog, Sultan Sa Barongis MaguindanaoBrgy. Baruraw , Sultan Sa Barongis Maguindanao







2 responses to this post.

  1. (Sept. 2, 2013)
    Dear Unyphil-women:

    This is my first time to your site and I was awed and amazed by how you are doing all these great things. More than the detailed documentation of our displaced people, finding resources to help them and comforting them in many ways, you are giving inspiration and hope to a tired, weak and vulnerable sector of the population – the IDPs.

    While a lot of our youth would rather savor life’s little blessings in their own comfort zones, you chose to be out there helping the needy and touching their lives. May Allah (swt) continue to bless you and reward you a thousand fold.

    Touchdown guys. Jazzakallahu khairan young women and men of unyphil.

    Dr. Mosaid
    Municipal Administrator
    Pikit, North Cotabato


  2. By the way, this is the link to my web blog . I hope you find my variety of posts interesting and entertaining for whatever they are worth. I have no specific subject matter for my posts but I consider anything sensible under the heat of the sun as worth a topic.

    Thanks for dropping by the Office this morning (Sept. 2, 2013). May we continue to be partners in the quest for total and wholistic human development.


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