More evacuees from Marawi City have sought refuge in Bohol some 200 kilometers away from the war-torn capital of Lanao del Sur where Maute terrorists continued to lay siege.
Datu Manong Ambor, a Muslim leader in Tagbilaran City reported to the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) on Thursday that the evacuees took shelter in various Muslim communities in the province.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), for its part, noted that they have registered 183 evacuees, including 84 males and 99 females.
According to Ambor, 20 families from Marawi City have evacuated to Tagbilaran City since June 4 based on their monitoring.
Fourteen families are staying at the Muslim Community Village in Brgy. Taloto, three at the Islamic Center and three at the Darussalam Village in Poblacion 3, Ambor said.
In Muslim communities in Jagna, Ubay and Dauis, there are reportedly seven, two and five families from Marawi City, respectively.
Names of the evacuees in respective barangays were listed down, added Ambor.
Meanwhile, the DSWD at the national, provincial and city levels have extended relief goods to the evacuees.
In Tagbilaran City, the provincial government established the Tabang Marawi Desk which accepts donations of any kind for the evacuees.
In the same PPOC meeting, Hannah Lubiano of DSWD said that some of the evacuees are in need of medication for their illnesses and medical conditions.
According to Lubiano, some of the Marawi City residents are seeking livelihood to provide for their needs while the younger evacuees are hoping to continue their studies in Bohol.
Some evacuees are looking forward to go home to Marawi City after the conflict while others are considering to permanently stay in Bohol, she said. (Rey Tutas)