NCCP Operation Paglingap prepares for an ecumenical response to conflict in Marawi
Two weeks after the violent clashes erupted on 23 May 2017 and the declaration of martial law in the whole Mindanao island, approximately 47,407 families (or around 234,320 individuals) have fled from Marawi to various directions – northwards to Iligan City and Cagayan de Oro, or westward to nearby municipalities of Marantao and Balindaong, according to the June 6 update of the DSWD. Of these, 3,650 families (17,700 individuals) are staying in 34 designated evacuation centers (ECs) and more than 42,585 (210,578 individuals) are staying outside the ECs. Tracking of home-based internally-displaced persons (IDPs) remains a challenge and reports from some isolated areas are not yet obtained, thus, the official number is expected to increase.
As an ecumenical response to the conflict in Marawi, the NCCP Operation Paglingap is calling for support to help families affected and displaced by the crisis.
Local friends may provide their support by giving in kind?:
- Halal food (rice, sardines, legumes, sugar, salt, dried fish, cooking oil, biscuit)
- Hygiene kits (bath soaps, shampoo, tooth brushes, toothpaste, bath towels, underwears, sanitary napkins)
- Sleeping Materials (mosquito nets, sleeping mats, malong, pillows)
Drop-off location is at the NCCP Compound, 879 EDSA, Brgy. West Triangle, Quezon City.
Financial assistance may be directed to the?:
National Council of Churches in the Philippines
For your support, you may contact Ms. Carina Pamintuan ?at (02) 921 0939? or 0908 864 2477.
Updates from the local member churches and ecumenical partners
Local efforts have been initiated by the NCCP member churches. The United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) Lanao District Conference, the First United Methodist Church in Iligan City, and the Lutheran Church in the Philippines, in their own initiatives, provided food relief, hygiene kits, and clothing items to the evacuees from Marawi. They were able to provide assistance to around 300 home-based displaced families in Iligan City and 150 families in evacuation centers in Balo-i, Lanao del Norte.
Moreover, other NCCP member churches are currently coordinating and exploring ways to support the humanitarian response on the crisis. We continue to call on all our constituents to support our Muslim sisters and brothers in prayer and action, as they recover and rebuild from the devastating effects of the conflict.
“Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act…”