Following the recent Armed Conflict between the Philippine Armed Forces and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Mindanao, over 9,000 families have been displaced, which includes around 46,000 people.
These are currently in displaced persons camps in the area around Cotabato, particularly Mamapasano in Maguindanao. Disaster Aid Australia’s local partner, Balay Mindanaw, has travelled to the region from Cagayan de Oro to assist.
They brought with them two Disaster Aid Australia SkyHydrants to provide safe drinking water to protect the health of those affected.
The units were installed on 24 March 2021 in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.
The units can each provide 5,000 litres of safe drinking water.
The units have been installed and 200 jerrycans have also been provided to aid distribution of the safe water to the camps.
Disaster Aid Australia is a registered Australian charity providing aid to disaster prone countries, including the Philippines. The charity also supported areas in late 2020, following the devastating typhoons in the Bicol region.
To help Disaster Aid Australia help the people of the Philippines donations can be made at www.disasteraidaustralia.org.au
More details about the affected areas in Mamasapano, as provided by Balay Mindanaw: