In February 2017, an estimated 18,700 persons were displaced in Mindanao. Of these, 7,695 persons were displaced due to armed conflict between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the New People’s Army (NPA) in the following municipalities: Laak (Compostela Valley province); Asuncion (Davao del Norte); Manay (Davao Oriental); Bansalan (Davao del Sur); Arakan (North Cotabato); and Alabel (Sarangani).
In addition, some 2,000 persons fled their homes due to a firefight between two local armed groups in Sultan sa Barongis municipality, Maguindanao province.
To date, all of these IDPs have returned to their habitual residences.
However, an estimated 9,005 persons who were forcibly displaced due to clashes between the AFP and the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in the island provinces of Basilan and Sulu, also during the month of February, remain displaced as of this report.
Meanwhile, in Butig municipality in the province of Lanao del Sur, approximately 3,493 families who evacuated due to clashes in 2016 between the AFP and the Maute Group have returned to their places of origin, while more than 637 families are still displaced.
CURRENT NUMBER OF IDPS IN NEED OF DURABLE SOLUTION
114,823 TOTAL NO. OF PERSONS WHO ARE PRESENTLY DISPLACED IN MINDANAO SINCE 2012 - FEBRUARY 2017
38,444 presently displaced due to conflict and violence
76,379 presently displaced due to natural disaster