Cotabato City and Sultan Kudarat (Pilot Implementation)

Target beneficiaries are considered “Urban IDPs” due to their special nature of having evacuated to the urban centers of Sultan Kudarat Municipality and Cotabato City. Target beneficiaries have temporarily taken space in relatives’ lands and properties, or vacant or idle lots in these urban areas and have built semi-temporary dwellings.  Profiling activities were conducted in the previous year to determine important information related to the following: identification of their location and situation therein, timelines of their displacement, and places of origin, reasons they were displaced and are still in displacement sites.  The key findings were that these people are not prevented to stay where they are currently located. However, there is less attention given authorities to determine and provide relief to the condition including children’s access to education.  Many among the youth sector are out of school. In some situation, children were not able to enrol and attend classes having lost their documentation and other pertinent records.

Out of the 5,000 identified beneficiary families in the project for urban IDPs in Cotabato City and Sultan Kudarat Municipality, only 200 beneficiary families have been serviced with QIPs, particularly Barangays Narra and Pegcalgan in Sultan Kudarat Municipality and in Barangay Tamontaka in Cotabato City, while 189 youths in 21 barangays (9 Cotabato City, 12 Sultan Kudarat) were provided with formal technical training through the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.

Focus Group Discussion in Sultan Kudarat Photos

During the pilot implementation of the project, community in target areas were asked on their situation during and after displacement. A focus group discussion (FGD) was conducted with them to get their stories and to be able to get information on their immediate needs upon returning from displacement due to conflict and flooding. Data gathered includes protection issues that are encountered by the target communities.

Flood Assessment Photos in Cotabato City and Sultan Kudarat municipality

Part of the project is the conduct of assessment in flood-affected communities in Cotabato City and Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao. UnYPhil-Women staff visited the affected barangays to see the situation of the communities to identify their needs.

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Orientation for Youth IDPs

Short-course Training Program for youth IDPs in Cotabato City and Sultan Kudarat 

The Early Recovery Program includes provision of short-course program for youth IDPs who were among the displaced families identified under this project. These youth IDPs are among those who has stopped their schooling due to conflict and flooding in their place of origin. The program aims at helping these youth to start again through acquired basic learning from the training classes attended.

Monitoring Activity by partner International NGO

Partner NGOs who are funding agencies conducts monitoring on the ares covered by the project. On November 2011, a monitoring was conducted by OCHA in which UnYPhil-Women is one of the local partner NGOs under the Early Recovery Program. OCHA or Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies.

The activity was conducted at Brgy. Poblacion 9, Biniruan Cotabato City (one of the most flood-affected communities).

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