By Lady Jean L. Kabagani

MARAWI CITY, Jan. 17 (PIA ICCC) -The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) assures the internally displaced families (IDPs) that it will continuously extend its assistance to them, as the agency commits full support to Marawi recovery.

Newly appointed DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito Bautista expressed the agency’s continual support to families affected by the Marawi siege, saying “may motto po kami sa DSWD na walang iwanan (our motto is nobody is left out).”

“Siguro ito rin ang magiging motto ng Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) na walang iwanan (I think this is also the motto of TFBM’s),” he added.

Bautista said DSWD would continue the provision of relief assistance, family food packs, sustainable livelihood programs, cash-for-work assistance and emergency assistance for Marawi residents.

“Ito na yung programang inumpisahan natin noong una. Lahat nyan pwedeng i-avail ng ating mga kapatid na Maranao lalung-lalo yung mga nandito sa permanent shelters o temporary shelters,” he noted.

[These are the programs that we have already started. All of these can be availed of by our Maranao borthers and sisters especially those who are here in permanent or in temporary shelter.]

Earlier today, the TFBM has initially transferred 206 displaced families from evacuation centers located in Lanao del Norte.

DSWD sought the closure of all evacuation centers in Lanao del Norte to ensure a better place for the families affected by the Marawi siege.

H. Caya Ayonan, one of the transferred residents from Mahad Abdelazis evacuation center in Balo-i, Lanao del Norte recieves DSWD relief assistance and taking it home to his family for a new start. (Photo by PIA ICCC)

From living almost two years at evacuation centers in Lanao del Norte, displaced families are now relocated to Lake View Transitory Site in Barangay Boganga, Marawi City.

Five hundred fifty temporary houses out 1500 units to be built in the area are now ready to occupancy.

DSWD also provided family food packs to each household transferred in the transitory shelters.

DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista led the ceremonial distribution of family food packs to the transferred residents of the newly opened Lake View Transitory Site in Brgy. Boganga, Marawi City. (Photo by Wilnard Bacelonia/PIA ICCC)

Bautista emphasized that DSWD would continue to help the Marawi residents until they all get back to their normal lives. (LJKbagani/PIA ICCC)