MARADECA Inc. conducted several workshops for internally displaced and host communities in ten areas of Lanao del Sur from December 2018 to March 2019 to deliver the Marawi Response Project (MRP) in collaboration with Plan International-USAID.
These workshops were inclusive of participatory rural appraisal, conflict assessment, needs prioritization, and validation of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and host community members (HCM).
It facilitated the formation of 35 community solidarity groups (CSG) in Wago and Nanagun, Lumbayanague; IOM Bunk House and Peoples Plaza Evacuation Centers, Saguiran; Cadayonan, Poonabayabao; Bubong, Buadiposo Buntong; Pagayawan, Bubong; Tacub Pindolonan and Ragayan Poonamarantao, Marantao; PandiaRanao, Tugaya of Lanao del Sur.
It directly benefited the IDPs who opted to relocate in these municipalities following the siege in 2017.
Under the MRP humanitarian intervention, cited places were identified as quick start up (QSUP) areas.
“The process was bridging and facilitating the delivery of MRP to IDPs and host community while at the same time empowering evacuees to participate in crafting their plans,” said Farida Salic, project officer of Maradeca Inc.
The MRP and its Project Management Office (PMO) established in Iligan city were directly managed by Plan International, an international humanitarian institution working for Marawi’s internally displaced communities.
Maradeca’s technical support focused on coordination, organizing, and consulting IDPs.
Coordination meetings were undertaken with provincial, municipal, and barangay offices to introduce the project, to gather the profiles of target areas, and to validate the number of evacuees present per area.
Orientation for humanitarians
To equip Maradeca’s staff, they underwent too three types of training to sensitize them on humanitarian ethos and to inculcate deeper understanding on “integrated humanitarian action” in accordance to Plan International and USAID guidelines.
These training were Pause and Reflect Session; Orientation on fundamental Principles on Safeguarding Young People and Children; and, Integration Workshop. The latter aimed at integrating and harmonizing the intervention system to befit it on local context.
The training also discussed the best practices, issues and challenges in the localities, and proposed recommendations on how to draw from community’s realities.
The orientation on safeguarding young people and children accordingly increased staff’s knowledge on child protection program.
As social preparation for Marawi Response project, there were 31 community support groups (CSG) orientations conducted.
Participants were barangay officials, IDPs, host community leaders, and other concern residents summed at 1,610 male and 2,711 female attendees.
The orientation discussed introduction of MRP which entail the validation of IDPs, assessments of their actual contexts, prioritizations of needs, and development of their proposed concept projects.
MRP intended to benefit both IDPs and its host communities.
In these gatherings, local officials and community members expressed their support and openness for the project.
Hanima Abinal, chairperson of brgy. Poonamaranatao Ragayan, manifested that the humanitarian intervention is for the welfare of the IDPs and it deserved to be supported for the rights of her “new constituents”, the IDPs.
PRA and Conflict Assessment
Consultations were followed by a 2-day Participatory Rural Appraisal and Conflict Assessment with IDP community leaders held in QSUP areas.
Data collated were historical profile of target areas, community demographic profile, community maps, and situation of the IDP host communities. Succeeding workshop covered discussion on gender roles, matrix and ranking of sources of income, and community participation.
The 10 sessions of PRA in targeted beneficiary communities were participated by 355 males and 527 females. It increased the complementary roles of men and women in displacement and emergency situation, attendees cited.
Stakeholders likewise strengthened their coordination mechanism to ensure effective delivery of services and to maintain open communication.
The activity was followed with Conflict Assessments Workshops in QSUP areas.
There were 10 sessions of Conflict Assessment participated by a total of 132 males and 285 females.
The workshops covered conflict analysis, conflict tree analysis, conflict actors, peace and resource mapping, and prioritization of issues. Results of these workshops were presented in the plenary and substantiated further by participants.
Subsequent to cited activities were the needs assessment conducted in piloted 35 organized CSGs within 10 barangays. This was participated by a total of 223 male and 427 female participants.
The prioritization workshops were later undertaken to narrow the fundamental necessities of IDPs in consideration of limited resources and in consonance to the criteria set by partners.
It was inclusive of discourses on actual realities; breakout gallery idea-sharing; shared-visioning; and, project activity definition.
CSGs prioritized their needs by democratically voting either for projects focused on economic intervention, or for social cohesion, or community infrastructure.
There were 35 proposed IDP projects drafted by the community support groups (CSG) through the prioritization workshop.
CSG were able to appreciate the process because it “signified their actual participation in identifying their needs and in determining their proposed projects.”
Cabir Abantas, a secretary of Pagayawan Farmers Organization and among the leaders of host community, pointed, “we weren’t literate in drafting concept proposal but through the process, our ideas are acknowledged and considered.”