‘For a concerted effort in Marawi’s recovery,’ humanitarians meet TFBM

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ILIGAN CITY (PIA-ICCC) – International and local non-government organizations (NGOs), and civil society groups meet the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) in a coordination meeting, to discuss their organizations' relief efforts and interventions for internally displaced persons (IDPs) and their contribution to the rehabilitation of the war-torn Marawi City.

Led by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), different organizations and clusters briefly presented their activities for evacuees and the gaps they have identified during mission in their respective fields. 

The meeting turned out timely as several organizations revealed that most of their humanitarian response and mission in Marawi will end in December 2017. 

TFBM Field Office Manager, Assistant Secretary Felix Castro Jr., said that it served an important reminder for government agencies to further strengthen their programs for IDPs and Marawi's recovery because several NGOs who have been the government's partner would gradually lessen their humanitarian intervention by the end of the year. 

Those present in the meeting urged organizations to have another round of meetings with the TFBM for a more concerted effort in the recovery and rehabilitation of Marawi, to avoid duplication of projects and wastage of resources. 

Aside from UNOCHA, some of the organizations present in the meeting were World Vision, Mindanao Health-US AID, World Health Organization (WHO), Maranao People Development Center, Inc (MARADECA)., United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), International Organization for Migration (IOM), PLAN International, Philippine Red Cross (PRC), International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Action Against Hunger, Mabuhayan Mindanao Inc., Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), OxFam, World Food Programme (WFP), Catholic Relief Services (CRS). (JAEB / PIA-TFBM-ICCC)