By Lady Jean L. Kabagani

ILIGAN CITY, June 22 (PIA ICCC) – The Office of the Civil Defense-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OCD-BARMM) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Marawi are now calling the relatives of the 94 officially traced civilian casualties during the Marawi seige to process and claim the government cash assistance.

City Director Norhanie Marohombsar of DILG-Marawi said the financial assistance is now ready and available for the death claimants provided they submit the complete requirements as assessed by the OCD-BARMM.

Since 2017, DILG Marawi has been locating the relatives of those whose deaths were related to the siege.

Marohombsar said the OCD-ARMM informed them that not only those families and relatives of 94 individuals officially listed could claim the financial assistance after all legal documents are presented to the office.

The families of those who died not only in the hospitals, but also in the evacuation centers, or inside Marawi City can apply for the financial assistance.

“We relay the messaging through barangay officials to inform their constituents about this matter, the family of those who ever died during the siege starting 23 May 2017, until in the earlier of 2018 are qualified to receive financial assistance granted that all requirements shall be completely complied and submitted to OCD,” Marohombsar said.

Marohombsar shared some of Marawi residents have already submitted the requirements for a death claim.

However, Marohombsar said they were not able to contact and inform them about their lacking documents “because there is no way to communicate them.”

DILG-Marawi and OCD-BARMM through the barangay officials have pursued any means of communications to connect with the families of those civilian casualties during the siege. Unfortunately, not every applicant has submitted the complete requirements, she explained.

To confirm the death claim, the following should be submitted:

1. Death certificate: (if not original, must be authenticated)
2. Certification as IDP (CSWDO, Marawi, Barangay)
a. Profile of the claimant
3. Joint affidavit of two (2) disinterested persons to establish/attest to the filial relationship between the deceased and the claimant.

Marohombsar said the barangay officials had already done their part in informing the relatives of the civilian casualties but some of these families are already staying away from Marawi.

As of the moment, the submission of the required documents for death claim is ongoing.

The local official urged all the families of siege victims died from the period of May 23, 2017 until the second quarter of 2018 to visit the DILG-Marawi office or the Task Force Bangon Marawi and look for the OCD-BARMM personnel.

DILG-Marawi is in close coordination with the OCD-BARMM regarding this matter. (LJKabagani/PIA ICCC)