Iligan diocese raises concerns at evacuation centers

Iligan diocese raises concerns at evacuation centers
The Diocesan Social Action Center of Iligan distributes relief supplies to residents of Marawi City who have evacuated to the Maria Cristina Gymnasium in Iligan City, May 28, 2017. DSAC ILIGAN

MANILA— The Diocese of Iligan called on the government to take measures that would improve security for displaced families at evacuation centers due to a terror threat.

Diocesan Caritas Coordinator Fe Soccoro Salimbangon said that security in evacuation sites is one of the major concerns as of the moment, alongside the dearth of food, water and other supplies.

“The most pressing problem now is the security,” Salimbangon said. “But I think the military are doing their best.”

“There are no reports that evacuation centers are being targeted but the entire city and the entire province of Lanao Del Norte are under red alert already,” she said.

As clashes continue, authorities locked down Iligan City on Monday over fears that Maute rebels had sneaked out of Marawi by blending in with civilians.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has been monitoring the evacuees staying in the evacuation centers.

“The DSWD is very active here and there are also social workers from ARMM and other provinces helping us,” Salimbangon said.

She also said that many evacuees are in need of medical assistance, while several elderly people who suffered hypertension were brought to hospitals.

Salimbangon added that at least two mothers have also given birth in evacuation centers. CBCPNews