Over 6,469 evacuees who were affected by the five-month long siege in Marawi City have returned home to the war-torn city starting last Sunday, October 29.
In an article from Mindanews.com, the announcement was made by Social Welfare Regional Director Zorahayda Taya last October 25 who said that evacuees are scheduled to go back to their properties and houses on specific dates according to their barangays.
The schedule of the return of the evacuees are last October 29 for Barangay Basak Malutlut residents, October 30 for residents of barangays Marawi Poblacion and East Bask; Loksadato and Green on Oct. 31, Matampay and Tampilong on November 1; and Datu Saber and Panggao Saduc on November 2.
The returning residents will be receiving each with a sack of rice, relief packs good for 18 days, and cash for work for the next 30 days.
They will also be given the P5,000 cash incentive promised by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte last June for the Eid’l Fitr celebration and upon their return to Marawi City.
Acting Social Welfare Secretary Emmanuel Leyco guaranteed the presence of the DSWD in the city to help the people in their psychosocial needs.
He also assured that the needs of those who are still at evacuation centers and those who are living temporarily in their relatives will be accommodated and attended to.
Leyco also said that they will coordinate with the Department of Health to make sure that the psychosocial needs of the residents will be attended to as seeing the drastic changes of the surrounding, especially the damaged homes and properties, can also have an effect on the mental and emotional health of the residents.