Food supply for Talaingod evacuees running out
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 March) – With their food supply running out, life for the evacuees in remote Talaingod town in Davao del Norte has become even more difficult. (Visit MindaNews‘ website for updates.)
Langlan Colot, a corn farmer from Sitio Inaloy in Barangay Dagohoy said he, his wife and five children have already experienced hunger in the temporary evacuation site in Sitio Tibucag, Barangay Dagohoy.
He said the supply sent by the municipal government had run out. Thirty two families from SItio Inaloy evacuated to Sitio Tibucag, some six kilometers away following an encounter between military and paramilitary forces and the New People’s Army (NPA) on March 8 and an air strike by the military on March 14.
Colot said he is just waiting for the government to give them the go signal that it is already safe to return to their village.
Talaingod Mayor Pilar Libayao told MindaNews Sunday they have taken care of the evacuees’ needs and have fielded staff to monitor the situation.
Libayao vowed to do what is within the powers of the local government to control the situation in the area.
But she told MindaNews she could not assure that it would be safe for the evacuees to return to the abandoned village as she is not in control of military operations.
Jean Luc– Joliat, Davao sub-delegation head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), told MindaNews in a telephone interview that the economic situation of the 32 families who fled to a school in Sitio Tibucag, Barangay Dagohoy, was already difficult even before the evacuation.
He said they need to factor in the plight of the evacuees before the incident before coming out with a full assessment of the situation.
Joliat said the evacuees need food and medicines. An ICRC team went to the area Saturday to check the humanitarian situation and gave out medicines, he said.
ICRC is an independent humanitarian organization based in Geneva. (Walter I. Balane/MindaNews)