The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Region 7 (DSWD-7) distributed family food packs and hygiene kits to internally displaced families affected by the armed encounter between the government forces and members of rebel groups in Sitio Kabugtong, Barangay Bantolinao in Manjuyod, Negros Oriental.
DSWD-7 provided 300 family food packs and 300 hygiene kits worth P226,950.
DSWD-7 Regional Director Rebecca P. Geamala said the local government workers and the members of the Philippine National Police helped the DSWD’s Municipal Action Team members in the distribution of goods on Monday, June 24.
The local government unit of Manjuyod also provided hot meals to the affected families.
Seven barangays were identified to be affected in the firefight over the weekend.
Out of the 300 displaced families, 237 are from barangays Bantolinao, Butong, Mandalupang, Candabong, Lamogong and Salvacion while the 63 families are from barangay Maaslum.
The 300 displaced families took temporary shelter in two evacuation centers: Sotero Singco Memorial Elementary School in Barangay Maaslum and Municipal Gym in the Poblacion.
Currently, only 12 families remained in the municipal gym. The rest have already returned to their respective barangays. with PR from Social Marketing Unit, DSWD-7