Health and sanitation facilities were constructed for the utilization of 1,713 displaced families (or 12,066 persons) following the Marawi Siege in 2017.
Constructed were thirty (30) cubicles of latrines, 20 units of washing facilities, 21 cubicles of bathing facilities, and 1 unit water pump was installed.
These WASH facilities are part of the emergency response of Maradeca Inc. in partnership with Plan International for IDPs who either opted to build their transitory shelters or are staying in relatives homes in the communities of Poonamarantao Ragayan, Tacub Pindolonan, Nataron Bacayawan at Marantao town; in Pantar, Radapan Poblacion, Radapan Proper of Piagapo municipality; and for the evacuation centers in People Plaza, Maito Basak, Bubong, Lumbayanague of Saguiaran municipality. All are located in Lanao del Sur.
Children and women-friendly spaces are also present in these areas.
Cultural and gender sensitivity were factored in the construction of these facilities.
The constructions were undertaken by IDPs with skills on carpentry to provide them short employment opportunities. They were assisted by their respective host communities. To ascertain that these facilities are maintained for continued use, 13 community-based committees were organized.
“The WASH facilities have supported health and sanitation for displaced communities,”said Alpta Utto, a camp manager in Bubong, and added, “we were offered to move to transitional shelters, but we refused unless there is sufficient water supply and latrines in that areas.”
“With our situation, we have long acknowledged our vulnerability to illness, diseases, and we wanted to keep ourselves clean.” (Farida U. Salic)