By Lady Jean L. Kabagani 

Cagayan de Oro City, Feb. 11 (PIA ICCC) – To augment the government responders that provide support to the recovery of Marawi residents, the National Youth Commission (NYC) has conducted a three-day basic training on mental health and psychosocial support in emergencies and disasters to 30 registered nurses from Marawi City.

The nurses underwent several workshops and simulation drills to hone their skills in dealing with the victims of both man-made and natural calamities.

Jalaida Gulam, a newly registered nurse of Barangay Sangkay in Marawi City and one of the training participants, said she wants to help her fellow Maranaos affected by the siege. She also expressed optimism that the psychosocial and mental support would help assuage the trauma experienced by the Marawi residents from the conflict.  

“Let’s just be strong, let’s just face the reality, we may not forget the past but let’s use our past as our weapon in the future to beautify our places with the help of the government, and to strengthen peace in Marawi City,” Gulam urged.

Gulam is willing to be a volunteer in this kind of endeavor and that she appreciates the government’s effort to rebuild Marawi.

“I am grateful to the Task Force Bangon Marawi. I hope you’ll continue to help Marawi and make it a better place for everyone,” she said.

Meanwhile, Jalanie Abubakar, another registered nurse who volunteered to provide psychosocial support to siege victims, shared that two of his family’s properties were destroyed by the war.

Their house was located at Barrio Naga while their business establishment was in Datu Dansalan, both were situated in the “most affected area.”

“The aftermath of the siege left scars to the affected residents,” he said adding, “after the siege, I saw how hard it is to be left with nothing. As a registered nurse… I have to use my knowledge to help my fellow youth to lift them up from depressions.”

Abubakar was one of the many siege victims, but he tried to stand stronger and decided to heartily support his fellow victims by giving them therapeutic services. “If the community needs our services, then we are willing to give what we can,” he said.

NYC believes that post-traumatic and psychosocial support must also be prioritized because part of the redevelopment of the war-torn city is the recovery of its residents.  

The National Youth Commission (NYC) spearheads basic training on mental and psychosocial interventions for the residents of Marawi City. (Photo by PIA-10)

The training was held in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH)-10 and the city government of Marawi.

NYC is under the Task Force Bangon Marawi’s Subcommittee on security, peace, and order. (PIA-ICCC)