Philippines Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 8 | September 2017

Report
from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 31 Aug 2017

Highlights

  • As the Government begins to plan for recovery and rehabilitation, humanitarian needs of those displaced by the Marawi conflict continue.

  • The needs of Marawi IDPs with disabilities have been overlooked, especially in evacuation centres, which lack accessibility features, and the availability of specialized health services and rehabilitation is scarce.

  • UN organizations access emergency response funding to assist in the health and WASH concerns of Marawi IDPs.

  • UN agencies are assisting in the Government-led response to an avian influenza outbreak in parts of Central Luzon.

  • Stand-Together events staged in Manila and Mindanao in commemoration of World Humanitarian Day.

Humanitarian needs continue in Marawi as transition planning begins

Nearly 360,000 remain displaced by the conflict in Marawi, with a majority staying with relatives and friends in Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte. Especially vulnerable are those seeking shelter in evacuation centres, three months in. Many have voiced their wish to return home through their leaders to the Government.

National Response Cluster Transition Conference

The President signed on 28 July an administration order to establish Task Force Bangon Marawi (Rise,
Marawi), which will lead the transition from relief to recovery in preparation for the end of the conflict and the return of those displaced. On 12 August, a conference in Iligan City was led by the National Response Cluster to ensure humanitarian needs are addressed during the transition. During the conference, a transition framework was outlined and aid agencies and government departments presented best practices in local humanitarian response and recovery. This conference also formally ended the National Emergency Operations Centre that was coordinating the emergency phase of the response. The conference brought together local, regional, national government agencies, CSOs, INGOs and UN agencies involved in humanitarian and development work.

One of the key outcomes of the conference was the recognition that humanitarian assistance will continue while people are displaced. The recovery effort will include peace building and consultation with affected communities, engaging the youth and working closely with all stakeholders. The Task Force will meet regularly and welcomes the support of humanitarian and development assistance through its coordination structure.

The transition will be be led by the Undersecretary of National Defense, Cesar Yano, as the task force's executive director supported by the Office of Civil Defense as Secretariat.

Government agencies and partners will work under five sub-committees to address reconstruction, housing, peace and order, health and social welfare, and livelihood. There are also three over-arching supprt groups to manage information management, resource mobilization and legal matters to address land rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs) as they return to Marawi.

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