By MARK FRANCISCO
CAGAYAN de Oro City–Only around 9,000 out of 19,464 persons displaced during the seiged in Marawi City have opted to remain in the city.
According to Jong Pamisa of the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWD), the rest have already returned a week ago after it was determined that they were residents of the 17 Marawi City barangays cleared by the government.
The evacuees who remained here were residents of the so-called “main battle area” in Marawi that have yet to be cleared by the government for unexploded ordnance, debris, etc.
Momentarily, these internally displaced persons (IDPs) enrolled themselves in the ten-day-long cash for work program of the city government.
Pamisa said the evacuees will engage in urban container gardening after which they will receive P2,000 amount from City Hall.
There were 500 other evacuees who enrolled in a similar program offered by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
Pamisa added the rest of the evacuees will still receive P4,000 allowance as part of their starter kit upon reaching Iligan City before they go home. Other items in the starter kit are hygiene kit and kitchen kit all provided by the national government.
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