Philippines: Displaced for months, families in Bukidnon receive aid

Philippines: Displaced for months, families in Bukidnon receive aid

Article 03 July 2019 Philippines

In February 2019, more than 100 families were forced to flee their homes because of armed clashes in Bukidnon province, northern Mindanao, Philippines.

The displaced families, mostly members of the Tigwahanon tribe, evacuated to makeshift shelters in barangay (village) Magkalungay in the town of San Fernando. The village has been hosting the evacuees for more than four months now.

The affected families are mainly dependent on aid, particularly food from government and non-government organizations. They have limited access to their livelihood because of the distance between their farmlands and their temporary relocation site. They are also concerned about their security, especially when they gather food or harvest crops.

To complement this assistance, the ICRC, with the support of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), provided hygiene items, tarpaulins, wash basins, mats, blankets and mosquito nets in March. We further supported them with unconditional cash grants in May to help them address essential needs and reduce their vulnerabilities.

Majority of the displaced families belong to the Tigwahanon tribe, an indigenous group that mainly settles in the hinterlands of the San Fernando, Bukidnon; and Kapalong, Davao del Norte. CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / Ryan Ang
Majority of the displaced families belong to the Tigwahanon tribe, an indigenous group that mainly settles in the hinterlands of the San Fernando, Bukidnon; and Kapalong, Davao del Norte. CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / Ryan Ang
To reach the evacuation site in Barangay Magkalungay, we crossed the Tigua River. The village is a one and a half hour drive from the centre of Valencia, the nearest city. CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / Ryan Ang
To reach the evacuation site in Barangay Magkalungay, we crossed the Tigua River. The village is a one and a half hour drive from the centre of Valencia, the nearest city. CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / Ryan Ang
The relocation site was set up by other aid organizations together with village officials. The affected families used the tarpaulins we provided in March as makeshift walls and roofs. CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / Ryan Ang
The relocation site was set up by other aid organizations together with village officials. The affected families used the tarpaulins we provided in March as makeshift walls and roofs. CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / Ryan Ang
Our team paid a courtesy visit to village officials and tribal leaders. The village officials provided food for the displaced families, but other needs must be addressed. CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / Ryan Ang
Our team paid a courtesy visit to village officials and tribal leaders. The village officials provided food for the displaced families, but other needs must be addressed. CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / Ryan Ang
Tribal leaders help in guiding the beneficiaries during the cash grant distribution, making the process easier and more organized. They are highly respected and often seen as unifying figures of the village. CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / Ryan Ang
Tribal leaders help in guiding the beneficiaries during the cash grant distribution, making the process easier and more organized. They are highly respected and often seen as unifying figures of the village. CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / Ryan Ang
The displaced families wait for the cash grant distribution to begin at the village gymnasium. CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / Ryan Ang
The displaced families wait for the cash grant distribution to begin at the village gymnasium. CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / Ryan Ang
Before the distribution, our field officers discussed the organization's role and its support for conflict-affected people so the community can get to know the ICRC better. They also answered questions and concerns from the displaced families. CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / Ryan Ang
Before the distribution, our field officers discussed the organization's role and its support for conflict-affected people so the community can get to know the ICRC better. They also answered questions and concerns from the displaced families. CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / Ryan Ang
Volunteers from the PRC-Bukidnon chapter provided support for the cash grant distribution. The PRC is our primary partner in delivering humanitarian aid in conflict areas of the country. CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / Ryan Ang
Volunteers from the PRC-Bukidnon chapter provided support for the cash grant distribution. The PRC is our primary partner in delivering humanitarian aid in conflict areas of the country. CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / Ryan Ang
Datu Sampoy Sedom and his wife Miay Sidum plan to use the cash grant to buy rice and other food items. CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / Ryan Ang
Datu Sampoy Sedom and his wife Miay Sidum plan to use the cash grant to buy rice and other food items. CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / Ryan Ang