Missionaries of the Assumption Paglaum Philanthropic Development Office
PHP 1,137,218.00 (USD 22,366.15)
COVID-19 Economic Response Fund
237 Indigenous Families
The community quarantine, in an effort to lessen the transmissibility of the dreaded virus, has had a tremendous economic and financial impact on ordinary citizens. The marginalized sectors have become all the more vulnerable to economic backlash.
Hundreds of families of indigenous peoples (Lumads) from the provinces of Compos – tela Valley, Davao del Norte, and Bukidnon in Mindanao Island – have been dislocated due to the armed conflict between government troops and insurgents, and who are now temporarily sheltered at UCCP Haran sanctuary in the city; and two villages under the mission community in the hinterlands of Paquibato and Marilog districts.
The Missionaries of the Assumption Paglaum Philanthropic Development Office (PDO) is working to intervene and provide assistance to the displaced indigenous peoples and communities in Mindanao during this COVID-19 Crisis by providing food, needed hygiene kits and health-related support.
237 Families are being served, composed mostly of the Manobo-Matigsalug tribe, who are temporarily sheltered at the UCCP Haran Center.
The center is located at Fr. Selga Street, Madapo Hills, Davao City, in the Southern Island of Mindanao, Philippines. It was established in 1993 as a sanctuary for indigenous peoples, when, in the same decade, many indigenous people from the Matigsalug tribe evacuated to the safety of the city as the government’s military offensives intensified.
The refugees largely rely on the generosity of civil society and church organizations as they have been uprooted from their ancestral domain and are unable to establish livelihood here in the city. They are, historically, the most marginalized sector in Philippine society, with a series of historical injustices. To-date, we have 326 children sheltered with their families at the UCCP Haran sanctuary.
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, people are unable to get employment and livelihoods have been put to a standstill, and since it is projected that it may take some time before the community quarantine is lifted, there is an immediate need to address the gap on food provision for the families, as well as other basic needs such as hygiene and medicines, which will last for up to three to four weeks for a family of five to 237 families under our care.
To implement this program, Relief Packs (each pack costing PHP 4,714.00) will be distributed directly to the communities by the Missionaries of the Assumption Paglaum PDO, in partnership with community leaders and volunteers, and in coordination with the local government units.