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Philippines: TFHAIDP drums up rehab plan to end conflict situation in Lanao Norte

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ICC Iligan City (5 November) -- The Task Force on Humanitarian Assistance for the Internally Displaced Persons (TFHAIDP) in Mindanao is now drumming up the Rehabilitation Plan of Lanao del Norte.

"This is because the TF wants an early implementation of the plan and at least see an end to the conflict situation of the province," Ana Cañeda, provincial coordinator of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), region 10, said.

She said the plan includes the provision of livelihood assistance to the affected IDP families of LDN and only needs the endorsement of the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC) in the region to the National DCC to match it with the assistance and expertise from the national government agencies.

It will also tap its local counterparts already built-in to the plan who have specified the assistance that they need from the NGAs and from the NGAs themselves who can access funds from the civil society groups and international NGO's including the United Nations system.

Meanwhile, she said the community kitchen is being used in giving food assistance to the IDPs in the evacuation centers the province to make sure the assistance will reach their intended beneficiaries.

On the other hand, OCD-10 is preparing for the possibility that there will be additional evacuees as a result of the recent incident in Magsaysay town where six (6) persons died after the driver of a passenger jeep was gunned down resulting the vehicle he was driving in to collide with the hilly terrain in the area.

"The incident may result in the displacement and movement of people although we would like to think that the affected families have been calmed down by Congressman Abdulah Dimaporo himself, considering that it might be a case of 'rido' or a family feud," she said.

"We fear for possible reprisal from the aggrieved groups, so we are ready with our supplies and resources which we have already prepositioned to address and respond to these movements, if ever," Cañeda added.