By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
The number of individuals displaced due to the ongoing armed conflict in Marawi City has further increased to 212,668, prompting the government to reinforce its repacking of relief goods to provide immediate help to the affected families.
According to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), as of 6 a.m. Monday, June 5, 42,998 families or 212,668 persons have been displaced in the military operations.
To ensure the sufficient provision of food packs to both home-based evacuees and those staying in evacuation centers, the DSWD instructed its field offices in Northern Mindanao and Soccsksargen to intensify their repacking operations.
Employees from the different local government agencies and other government regional offices in both regions have volunteered to repack relief goods for distribution to the affected families.
As of Monday, at least 90 percent or 39,230 families comprising of 194,603 individuals are staying with their relatives and friends in -Lanao Del Sur, Lanao Del Norte, Misamis Oriental, Maguindanao, South Cotabato, Cebu, and Negros Oriental.
Meanwhile, 3,768 families or 18,065 individuals from Marawi are still staying in 29 evacuation centers set-up by the local government units in nearby towns.
DSWD-Soccsksargen distributed over the weekend family food packs to Marawi residents who evacuated to their relatives in General Santos City.
It had earlier provided assistance to families who fled to Koronadal and Cotabato cities.
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