By Lou Ellen L. Antonio

MARAWI CITY, January 25 (PIA ICCC) — The transfer of the remaining 64 displaced families in Sarimanok Tent City Site 2 to the Rorogagus Transitory Shelter Site 2 in this city marks the closing of the last evacuation center.

The displaced families received the keys of the housing units and water rain collectors from the National Housing Authority (NHA), a member-agency of  the Task Force Bangon Marawi’s (TFBM) Subcommittee on Housing.

Agakhan Menor Ambor from Raya Saduc expresses his thanks to TFBM, NHA and the local government of Marawi as they have been transferred to a more comfortable home. (Photo by Lou Ellen Antonio/ PIA ICCC)

Agakhan Menor Ambor from Raya Saduc expressed his thanks to TFBM, NHA and the local government of Marawi ,as they have been transferred to a more comfortable home.

“Maraming-maraming salamat sa lahat ng tumutulong sa amin, sa TFBM, NHA, LGU Marawi; lahat ng bumubuo na agency na tumulong sa amin na malipat dito) (Thank you very much for the help extended to us by TFBM, NHA, LGU Marawi, and all the agencies that help us to transfer here,” said Ambor.

An internally displaced person receives his key for the housing unit in Rorogagus Transitory Shelter Site 2 from Dir. Roderick Ibañez, head of National Housing Authority – Marawi Project Management Office. (Photo by Lou Ellen Antonio/ PIA ICCC)

Director Roderick Ibañez, head of NHA – Marawi Project Management Office shared that as soon as the displaced families arrive at their housing units, the electricity will be installed immediately.

Ibañez also shared that a water truck from NHA will provide them with water every other day until the installment of water pipelines in the units is completed.

“Pagpasok nila dito may kuryente na, meron na din tubig (There will be electricity and water when they come here). Binigyan namin sila ng rain collectors pantulong (We gave them rain collectors to help them out)… every other day may dumarating na water truck namin pantulong sa supply, in the next few months, may mga tubo na (there will be water pipes),” said Ibañez

An internally displaced person from Sarimanok Tent City Site 2 prepares for her transfer to the Rorogagus Transitory Shelter Site. (Photo by Gian Carlo Raman/PIA ICCC)

Meanwhile, Officer-in-Charge of Marawi City Social Welfare and Development, Rismira Yap Adap of OIC  CSWD emphasized that TFBM and LGU Marawi will continue to provide assistance to the displaced families until they recover.

“Iyong tulong naman para sa ating mga IDP hindi mawawala  hangga’t hindi nakakarecover. Andon pa rin ang suporta ng ibat’-ibang ahensiya (The assistance for the IDPs will continue until they will recover; the help from the different agencies is still here) which is led by TFBM and LGU Marawi,” said Adap.

The transfer of the IDPs was supported by the City Government of Marawi, Philippine Army, Marawi City – Philippine National Police, Department of Public Works and Highways and Department of Education.  (LEAntonio/PIA ICCC)