DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENSE
January - June 2004
To carry out its mandate for 2004, the DND implemented nine (9) programs, to wit:
- Internal Security;
- External Defense;
- Support to Nation Building;
- Veterans Welfare and Military Shrines;
- AFP Modernization;
- Resource Mobilization;
- Munitions, Self Reliant Defense Posture (SRDP) and Defense Industries
- Institutional Strengthening and Collaborative Linkages; and
- Defense Information and Communication Technology Development
HIGHLIGHTS OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS FOR 1st SEMESTER - CY 2004
1. INTERNAL SECURITY PROGRAM
The DND remained at the forefront in the implementation of the Government's Strategy of Holistic Approach on Internal Security. The strategy of the Holistic Approach is a coordinated, synchronized, interrelated and mutually supporting campaign of the whole government machinery and its resources to uplift the socio-economic condition of the Filipino people, particularly those at the local levels. With the operational role of the AFP, the Philippine Defense Department successfully implemented clearing operations in insurgent areas to enable the government to resume and accelerate its delivery of basic services
a. Internal Security Operations (ISO)
The main thrust of the DND is the Internal Security, pursued within the strategic framework of the National Internal Security Plan (NISP), under the overall direction of the Cabinet Oversight Committee on Internal Security (COC-IS).
Security operations, employing the operational strategy of Operations, Intelligence, Civil Military Operations, and in coordination with civilian government agencies pursuant to the NISP, targeted the four (4) armed threat groups, namely:
a) Local Communist Movement (LCM);
b) Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF);
c) Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG); and
d) Misuari Break - Away Group (MBG).
Combating the Communist Terrorist Movement (CTM)
- As of June, 2004 CTM strength was placed at 8,534 compared to figure of 8,892 of yearend of 2003 or a 4.02 % decrease. This reduction in strength can be generally attributed to the Internal Security Operation (ISO) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in coordination with the Philippine National Police (PNP).
- Of the 505 armed engagements between the AFP and the CTM in 1st sem, 2004, 330 were AFP initiated while only 175 were CTM initiated. These engagements resulted in the neutralization of 580 CTM members and the recovery of 162 high powered firearms and 191 low powered firearms.
- The massive campaign against the CPP/NPA were improved in several areas through the re-introduction of the 151 SOT. The AFP completed 282 SOT sorties to win the hearts and minds of the people and in countering CTM affected barangays with a 236 SOT operations still ongoing at yearend.
- The AFP also supported the Kapitbisig Laban sa Kahirapan (KALAHI) program, the centerpiece of the government's Poverty Reduction Program, in coordination with the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Confronting the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)
Neutralization of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG)
- Fifty six (56) MILF members were neutralized as a result of the AFP-initiated operations.
- The MILF strength in 1st sem 2004 was placed at 11,880, a minimal decrease of 1.7 % compared to 12,081 of 2003.
- In support to the Mindanao National Initiative Program (Mindanao NATIN) of PGMA, 25 Special Advocacy Literacy-Livelihood and Advancement for Muslim (SALA'AM) operations were conducted in Southern Philippines Secessionist Group (SPSG). Published 2,000 copies of the SALA'AM manuals as guide to the line units in Mindanao.
DND-AFP Directives and LOIs to Counter Terrorism
- As of June 2004, there were 42 armed engagements between the AFP and the ASG. These armed engagements resulted in the neutralization of 77 ASG members including the killing of Hamsiraji Sali or Jose Ramirez, Sami Macronhon, Hussion Edris, Mulamad Indama Haj Sabtali Mubin Isding Sarikin Kington Quezon, and Samm Macrohon and Mahmod Indama Hussien Indres, two ASG escapees in Basilan, and the arrest of other ASG key leaders including Alhamser Manatad Limbong or Kosovo, Khair Malvan Mundos, a known ASG leader who was arrested in Zamboanga City.
- It also resulted in the recovery of 17 high-powered firearms and 2 low powered firearms Impact: The continued presence of key ASG leaders outside their traditional areas of operation indicates the growing apprehension among its ranks. Government's counteraction to totally eliminate the threat posed by the ASG should be relentlessly pursued.
The DND, through COC-IS Operation's Center (OPCEN) initiated the implementation of the National Plan to Address Terrorism and its Consequences (NPTC), which provides the over-all framework for government action against terrorism, specifically against hostage taking, bombings, sabotage, hijacking and piracy, particularly in Mindanao:
- The Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Unified Command (UC) was created on 14 October 2003 by virtue of Executive Order 212 dated 28 May 2003. Manning fill-up of the ARMM UC Troop Organization and Equipment (TOE) was approved and filled up last 14 Jan 2004.
- The Defense Department provided greater democratic space in consonance with the spirit of the repeal of Republic Act 1700, otherwise known as Anti-Subversion Law. This allowed former underground groups to participate in the party-list elections.
- Anti-Terrorism Task Force (ATTF) was created on March 2004 under the Cabinet Oversight Committee on Internal Security (COC-IS) designating SND as the Head of the Task Force. The joint military and police forces neutralized terrorist operations, leading to the arrest of known ASG and JI personalities. One of its major accomplishment was the arrest of the three (3) suspects involved in the planting of bombs at the DILG, DND and Sanctuario de San Antonio.
Related Internal Security Concerns
- Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Units (CAFGU)
- CAFGU continued to provide critical operation support to free the regular AFP battalions for offensive operations.
- Maintained strength of 52,066 deployed in 13,399 barangays or 25.7% of the total barangays nationwide.
- Participated in 31,393 small unit operations and contributed to the successful neutralization of 75 enemies and the recovery of 43 high powered firearms.
- MNLF Integration Program
- The AFP integrated 5,570 Officers and Enlisted Personnel (EP).
- The MNLF integrees have been assigned as regular and organic personnel of the 1st Infantry Division, 4th Infantry Division, 6th Infantry Division, 53rd and 54th Engineer Brigade, all in Mindanao.
- Eighty five (85) MNLF officer integrees were granted scholarships through CHED. Nine hundred forty nine (949) EP integrees accorded education accreditation by DECS for a 5-year period.
- Indigenous People (IP)
Three hundred twenty five (325) slots for enlistment in the Army allocated to Higaonon, Manobo, and B'laan, DBabawon - Mandaya tribes in Mindanao. They have been processed for training.
- Security of Malampaya Natural Gas Project
The AFP continues to provide security to MNGP. Two (2) PN patrol vessels are stationed on a 24 hour basis throughout the yearat the Exclusion Zone to secure the platform.
b. Support to peace and order
- The AFP Anti-Crime Task Force (ACTAF) supported the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in planning and conducting major anti-crime operations.
- Launched counter-terrorism civic drive project, in coordination with the Department of Interior and Local Government. This project is a joint advocacy of the DND and DILG against terrorism through the Association of Baranggay Captains on June 8, 2004, in commemoration to the national celebration of Independence Day.
- Creation of TASK FORCE Minerva in March 2004, resulted to neutralized 23 local and foreign terrorists. While AFPJSOG operations composed of joint elements of CENTCOM, ISAFP and the 1st MCT apprehended two (2) Communist leaders in Cebu.
- Maritime Marshall provided security to 5 shipping companies which resulted to the confiscation and interception at Pier 18. of 6 plastic bags of pirated VCDs amounting to P300, 000.00, 30,000 pieces of non-electric blasting caps; 1,600 meters of detonating chords and 4,000 time fuses.
- Deployed AFP K9 dogs in support with other agencies in providing security to various public installations, official function and law enforcement operation.
c. Support to the Peace Process
- The DND continued to support the peace process while staying vigilant and prepared against insurgent activities and attacks. Negotiation between the GRP and the NDF on 22-24 June 2004 at Oslo, Norway served as a transition meeting between the two parties.
- Both panels updated each other on the following issues:
- Alleged political offenders
- Indemnification of human rights victims under the Marcos regime
- The Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC)
- Work on social and economic reforms
- other issues and concerns
- Continue their common effort to achieve peace in Mindanao
- The Joint Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities signed a Joint Statement whereby agreed on the following:
- Sustain the observance of the ceasefire agreement
- Create the Joint Interim Action Teams
- Work together in addressing and eradicating the terrorist threat
- The DND continuously administered the Balik-BARIL Project of the National Peace Unification and Development Council (NPUDC). This project facilitated the return to the folds of the law of 281 Rebel Returnees (RRs) with 249 firearms and 12 explosives.
II. EXTERNAL DEFENSE PROGRAM
a. Defense Cooperation
- Aside from our Bilateral Defense relations with the United States, the Philippines maintain Bilateral Defense Cooperation with Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the United Kingdom, France, and Spain. Likewise, the Department has concluded a Memorandum of Understanding on Defense Cooperation with Brunei Darussalam and two (2) European Union Countries, namely: Czech Republic and the Republic of Italy.
- Finalized RP counter draft of the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) with Malaysia at the DND and interagency levels (counter-draft transmitted to Malaysian side on February 18, 2004).
- Finalized the RP-Czech Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Defense Cooperation at the DND level on February 2, 2004.
- Facilitated the signing of the MOU on Defense Cooperation with the Italian Republic on 20 February 2004.
- Participated on the successful convening of the 3rd RP-Australian Joint Defense Cooperation Committee (JDCC) in Canberra on Feb 19, 2004.
- The AFP conducted one Unilateral, four Bilateral, and five Multilateral Exercises for the period (table - 1).
b. Defense Alliance
- Cultivated good and friendly relations with other countries through actively promoting Regional Peace and Stability. Participated in a number of Regional Security initiatives as part of the global war against terrorism. Actively participated as a responsible member of the community of nations, and credible partner in UN Peacekeeping Operations.
- A total of 156 military were sent to East Timor, Iraq and Liberia as humanitarian contingent. However, 164 were also repatriated from Iraq, Liberia and East Timor for the period. Through these, the DND contributed to the enhancement of the country's prestige and image in the international community. Listed are Iraq Contingent accomplishments:
- 90 % of all infrastructure projects are bidded out in the presence of the Mayors, District Ministry Head of respective services in Iraq:
- 21 Schools sites (6-9 classrooms each)
- 11 repairs and expansion of water treatment plants
- 12 kms village roads (4 project site) of asphalting roads
- 4 foot bridges
- 3 buildings of Public health Centers
- 2 Municipal Jails in Al Mussayb District and Babil Province
- Multi-purpose Hall
- 2-km sewage system
- Electrification of schools and street lighting
- 100,000,000 ltrs of Diesel Fuel
- 38,000,000 ltrs of Kerosene
- 14,000,000 ltrs of Benzyne
- Conducted 43 MEDCAPS benefiting 14,000 patients
- Distributed donated items with estimated 2 flatbed trucks of assorted goods (rice, flour, bread, sardines, mineral water, hygiene items, clothes, shoes, notebooks, pens, toys etc
- Recovered 36 assorted type of weapons/ammunitions
- Facilitated the safe delivery of the following quantity of fuel from oil refinery in Basra to MND CS AO:
c. Defense of the Kalayaan Island Group (KIG) and Scarborough and the protection of the Exclusive Economic Zone
- To implement national defense policy in the KIG and to protect the country's EEZ, the Philippine Air Force continues to provide sustained surveillance and carried out 50 flight/sorties totaling 182 flying hours.
- The Philippine Navy patrol missions sighted two (2) vessels and the apprehension of 1 Chinese fishing boat and 2 Chinese Nationals. Further, there were 144 Chinese fishing boats, 121 Vietnamese fishing vessels and 9 Vietnamese Cargo ships anchorage recorded for the first semester of 2004.
The Department continued its participation in various nation-building efforts of the government.
III. NATION BUILDING
a. Civil Infrastructure Projects
- AFP Corps of Engineers (COE) completed project civil works consisting of 15.38 kms of roads, 90 linear meters of bridge and a flood control project of 3.200 kms. Moreover, 79 units of PGMA School Building in Regions 2 to 10, 12, ARMM, CARAGA and 300 units of core shelters were also constructed. Significantly, the AFPCOE managed to complete the construction of P37, 390,548.74 worth of projects, most of which are in Mindanao area. Relatedly, the engineers are currently undertaking another batch of projects with a cost close to P8.5M.
b. Assistance in Disasters/Calamities and Civilian Population Protection
c. Assistance in the Delivery of Basic Services to Marginalized Groups
- As the lead agency for disaster management and mitigation, OCD, in the 1st semester of 2004 has accomplished the following as per attached table (table- 2).
- In 1st semester 2004, the Department helped uplift the living conditions of marginalized groups through its subsidiary units:
- The Philippine Army conducted 347 Community Assistance and Rural Empowerment for Social Services (CARES) activities, 38,121 national Historical events, 2,634 religious activities and 1,187 movements involving local customs and tradition. and 38 Army Literacy Patrol System (ALPS) in addition to eight (8) Adopt-a-Barangay projects, 13 Adopt-a-Bay, and eight (8) Adopt-a-Mountain. The AFP conducted 12,416 various Psyops activities and distributed 242,127 propaganda materials.
- The AFP with the active involvement of the Reservist, participated 1,807 medical and dental mission with 190,580 beneficiaries conducted nationwide.
- Participated on 861 activities with 43,677 beneficiaries in the different calamity stricken areas of the country.
- The AFP published Information Operation Plans namely:
- IO Plan Sulu Oil - projects the importance and benefits of the oil exploratory project.
IO Plan "Kalayaan" - projects the relevance of the visit of Malaysian Advance Survey Team and highlight the sincerity in upholding the peace process.
- IO Plan Labor Day - inform the public of the negative effect of mass action and civil disorder
- IO Plan May 04 National Election - relay to the public the role of the AFP to preserve peace and order
- IO Plan Fargo visit - highlight the importance of the visit of Admiral Fargo under the RP-US Mutual Defense Cooperation to national security and economy.
- The OSND facilitated the delivery of the humanitarian assistance to Sulu as part of the "Development for Peace in Sulu Project" in partnership with the American Foreign Policy on 14-17 March 2004.
- Assisted on the DND-CRS_DWDD outreach program dubbed as "Ugnayan ng Anghel ng Masa Mula sa Puso ng AFP".
IV. VETERANS WELFARE AND MILITARY SHRINES
PVAO marked 1st semester 2004 with continuous reforms initiated to further advance the welfare of Filipino veterans and their dependents.
- These reforms, accompanied by a process simplification and the shifting of pension delivery from mailing to direct bank remittance, enabled PVAO to process and adjudicate a total of 6,127 pension claims including 5,106 old age pension; 513 death pension; and 508 disability pension. It has also administered the processing of other benefits such as: 3,245 burial assistance claims; 233 applications for hospitalization benefits; 1,726 educational benefits claims, 233 application for hospitalization benefits; 1,726 educational benefit claims; and 11 for veterans preference. The Creation of a new Military Service Board
- Processed 19,552 claims out of 64,195 filed under the New Military Service Board (NSMB), representing 30 % accomplishment.
- To date, VMMC served an average of 384 in-patients and 698 out-patient cases daily or a total of 58,409 in-patients and 70,444 out-patients. Some 30 leprosy cases were served daily at the Jose Reyes Memorial Hospital for a total of 10,950 patient-days recorded under the facility's contract hospitalization project.
- The Military Shrines Service hold its annual celebrations and commemoration in six different military shrines all over the Philippines. It also celebrated Araw ng Kagitingan and Veterans Week with wreath-laying ceremonies at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio. Shrine fees collected for the 1st semester amounted to P951,365.00
V. DEFENSE MODERNIZATION PROGRAM
Before, the AFP Modernization Program was practically moribund. Now, the DND was able to put it on track with the approval and implementation of the following 11 projects:
The DND-AFP is not only modernizing its equipment but also its systems. The DND saw many "firsts" for the past three and a half year with the conduct of the Triennial National Defense Review, DND-wide Program Performance Review and Analysis (PPRA), and the formulation of Bureau Plans of Actions, Programs and Budget. It also conducted stakeholders consultation to conceptualize a framework for Multi-Year and Capability Planning System (MYCaPS).
- Upgrade of the Jacinto Class Patrol Vessel P974M
- Procurement of 20 helicopters (UH-1H) worth P659M
- Refurbishment of 10 UH-1H worth P442M
- Purchase of Man Pack Radio Project P427M
- Delivery of Squad Automatic Weapons worth P117M
- Acquisition of Armored Recovery Vehicle P55M
- Upgrade of BN Islander Aircraft P24M
- GHQ Geographic Info System costing P22.8M
- PN Diving Suit Acquisition worth P22.953M
- GHQ Dental Equipment worth P12.000M
- VHF FM H/H Transceiver worth P391.7M
VI. RESOURCES MOBILIZATION PROGRAM
For the 1st Semester of 2004, the Department took decisive steps to mobilize non-budget sources to support its programs. Notable among these were two executive decisions related to GA: a draft Executive Order mandating other government agencies to source their ammunition from GA was submitted to the President; and Presidential Proclamation No. 71 re designating the GA reservation to "defense-industrial" signed 06 May 2003 that will facilitate optimal investment in the modernization of the Arsenal.
Over 300 hectares on military reservations all over the country were allotted by PGMA for off-base housing for our soldiers. Ongoing housing projects under Gawad Kalinga will provide a total of 2,000 housing units nation wide, while 1,300 units in Camp Riego de Dios, 1,600 units in Fort Bonifacio, and 2,000 units in Camp
A total of 174.5 hectares of off-base housing has also been sllocated for Camps Tinio, Tecson, Evangelista, and Lapu Lapu. About 473.47 hectares await Presidential issuances. In addition, 2,300 condominium units within the 7 hectares in Fort Bonifacio has been allocated for the AFP personnel to be administered by the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC). Out of 9,797 AFP assisted housing units projected by private developers through MBAI, PAG-IBIG, and AFPSLAI, 1,200 housing units has been awarded for officers and men of the AFP.
VII. MUNITIONS, SELF RELIANT DEFENSE POSTURE (SRDP) AND DEFENSE INDUSTRIES
The fourth prototype of the 9mm Special Assault Weapon manufactured in-house by GA passed the test-firing stage during the year. The AFP has scheduled 10 units of the weapon for field testing. GA posted three accomplishment ratings of over 100% in its manufacturing activities to provide the AFP with 14.708M rounds of small arms ammunition.
As authorized under existing laws, the Bids and Awards Committee of the Department proceeded with negotiated procurement for the Master Development Plan of the Arsenal. The plan includes a joint venture project to modernize GA manufacturing facilities.
Impact: For the 1st semester of 2004, the GA effectively and efficiently managed its resources to attain its core programs as well as collateral projects and other related activities to service its client, the AFP. It provide quality ammunition, and discharge well its social; responsibility harmoniously with surrounding community. It has aptly supported its human resource in terms of benefits, skill upgrading and various welfare programs to a more productive workforce.
VIII. INSTITUTIONAL STRENGTHENING AND COLLABORATIVE LINKAGES
As of the period, the Department has a series of strategic initiatives with a continuing process. Against a background of continued human resource development through local and foreign courses and seminars, streamlined procurement and modernization processes, and nationwide stakeholder consultations, DND implemented several reform measures to prepare it for the uncertainties of future environment.
The year start with the implementation of the Strategic Defense Planning and Execution System (SDPES), which was renamed into Multi-Year Capability and Planning System (MYCaPS) . A critical initiative that took over two (2) years to conceptualize, MYCaPs integrates informed vision, strategic planning guidance, and operational priorities into a coordinated workflow to produce a rational budget for the Department. The system will periodically match operation against performance metrics and target readiness rates to sustain an allocation process focused on accurate and realistic allotment and use of resources.
a. Fund Disbursement Reforms
OUSIC adopted a mechanism for the timely release of AFP logistical budgetary requirements. Certain legal provisions not responsive to the peculiar needs of the AFP were revised to preclude the conversion of MOOE allocations and provide better Capital Outlay allotments. With the active support of the DND Commission on Audit (COA) Field Office, OUSIC proposed the creation of a separate Responsibility Center under the Electronic New Government Accounting System (enGAS) to ease the liquidation of AFP operational and tactical expenses.
b. Institutional Linkages
- Congressional liaison was continuously conducted during the year to advance the passage of DND AFP initiated bills.
- The SND signed on January 23, 2004 a letter for USA Ambassador to continue his effort to work for the passage of Bill granting benefits to Filipino World War veterans dependents living in the Philippines, and for the enactment of US Law granting benefits to Filipino World War II dependents living in and are citizens of the USA.
- NDCP participated three international conferences: the Asia-Pacific Maritime Security, wherein Prof Banlaoi is the resource speaker, held at Honolulu, Hawaii, conducted by the International Security Program (ISP) and the American-Pacific Sea lanes Institute on Jan 18-20, 2004; the 6th Asian Security Conference by the Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses at New Delhi on Jan 27-29, 2004; and Defense management Seminar at Canberra, Australia, which was preceded by Australian Familiarization Language Course at the Defense International Training (DITC) in Lavernon, Victoria on Feb 2- March 5, 2004.
IX. DEFENSE INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT
OSND fulfilled its direct responsibility for the direction, planning, supervision, and pooling of the ICT resources of the Department. The Defense Information and Communication Technology Office (DICTO) facilitated the operationalization of the OSND electronic mail and intranet systems. The Intranet provides a single portal to all existing defense information sources in the OSND network. Supporting this is an Internet facility operated and maintained by DICTO.
DND participation in enGAS was rolled out and a unified Human Resource Management Information System (HURIS) was established during the year. The Document Management System (DMS) software for unclassified documents was upgraded and the DND Website was enhanced from level 1 to level 3 of the National Computer Center (NCC) Rating System.
The future of information management development at DND was considered and consolidated into a draft ICT Development Framework Plan CY 2003-2007. This will form part of the input for subsequent planning guidance of the entire Department.
Table - 1 Training Exercises
Unilateral Training Exercises:
- Fleet Exercises Pagsisikap - participated in by 376 PN personnel on June 14-23, 2004
Bilateral Training Exercises
- PN-USN PALAH 04-02 - participated in by 35 PN and 20 US personnel at Zamboanga and Davao on Feb 16-March 06, 2004
- RP-US Balance Piston 04-2 - participated in by 40 RP and at Fort Bonifacio on Mar 15-28, 2004.
- RP-US Maritime Surveillance Exercises "PN-US (MARSURVEX 04-2) - participated by 89 PN personnel, one patrol ship, one patrol gun boat, one PNARU vessel as target vessel, one PN Islander Aircraft and one SEAL Team and 21 US personnel, Luzon Sea, Zambales on Feb 9-12 2004.
- RP-US Balikatan Exercises 04 - participated in by 2,196 RP and 2,033 US personnel at Puerto Princesa, Palawan; Fort Magsaysay; Clarkfield, Pampangga; Crow Valley; Capas,Tarlac; Ternate; and Basco, Batanes on Feb 23 - March 07, 2004.
Multilateral Training Exercises
- South East Asia Cooperation Against Terrorism Exercise 2004 (SEACAT 04) - participated in by two PN personnel held from Japan to Singapore on May 24-28, 2004.
- PN-US Maritime/Navy-Royal Thai Navy Maritime/Sea Surveillance Exercise - participated in by four PN personnel at Thailand on May 10-15, 2004.
- Cooperative Cope Thunder Executive Observer Program - participated by one AFP personnel at Elmendorf and Eilelson Air Force Base, Alaska, USA on 22-26 July 2004.
- Command Post Exercise (CPX) for Cobra Gold 2004 - participated in by 15 AFP personnel at Thailand on May 11-29, 2004.
- 2nd Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS) Mine Countermeasure (MCMEX) and Dive Exercise (DIVEX) - participated in by six PN personnel at Singapore on April 25 to May 08, 2004.
Table 2 - OFFICE OF CIVIL DEFENSE (OCD)
A. REHABILITATION PLAN FOR CENTRAL MINDANAO:
The extent of effects covered three (3) regions: X, Xll, and ARMM, with six (6) provinces: North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Sulu and Bukidnon, one (1) city - Tacurong, and 136 barangays.
o Number of evacuees who were benefited- 31,298 families - 173,038 persons
o Extent of assistance as of March 14, 2003 amounted to P35,986,339.25
o These assistance extended were a joint effort from the following agencies and NGO's:
o DSWD - P11.8M
o LGU's - 1.7
o NGO's - 1.7
o OCD/NDCC - 18.4
Total - P 33.6M
1. Immediate Response - the activities involved under the immediate response covered the following: continuing relief assistance; food and non-food items; medical services; psycho-social intervention; water/sanitation facilities; and supplemental feeding.
2. Immediate Rehabilitation assistance covered the following: provision of shelter assistance; repair of partially damaged houses, construction of core shelters; livelihood support; and repair of damaged structures.
3. Recovery / full Rehabilitation involved the following: construction of Day Care Centers; construction of farm to market roads; provision of post harvest equipment & technical assistance to farmers
B. UPDATE ON COMPLEX EMERGENCIES:
Buliok Complex - is a major camp of the MILF situated in Pikit, North Cotabato, Pagalungan and Pagagawan, Maguindanao and other areas bordering the Liguasan marsh. Prior to military operations against the armed group believed to be occupying the Buliok Complex, military leaders coordinated with Pikit Mayor urging them to evacuate the families:
- The orderly evacuation was undertaken on 08 Feb 2003 in collaboration with the military and local agencies.
- From the initial 9 barangays evacuated, 2 major evacuation centers were established in Buisan NFA Warehouse and Mahad school.
- In retaliation of the on-going military pursuit, bombings and other terroristic acts have been conducted in other parts of Mindanao, including Koronadal City, Kabacan, Cotabato and Awang Airport, Maguindanao.
- Recap of areas affected: 9 provinces; 34 municipalities; 1 city; and 140 baranggays.
- Casualties -Sixteen (16) internally displaced persons (IDPs) who died in the evacuation centers had already been suffering from ailments; most of the affected were children; three IDPS died due to gunshot wounds.
- Damaged Structures
Pikit - 4 mosques - P 850,000.00
6 school buildings - 3,000,000.00
- OCD thru NDCC distributed 2,600 sacks of rice worth P 2,080,000.00, assorted medicines worth P 364,777.02 or a total of P 18,444,777.02M
- AFP thru EBDE constructed 12 sanitary facilities with 55 toilet bowls; 14 multipurpose sheds; 6 shallow wells; and distributed 55 empty drums worth P 650,000.00
- Organized Special Advocacy On Literacy Livelihood and Advancement for Muslims (SALA'AMs) to assist returning IDPs
- AFP Medical Dental Corp conducted medical/dental mission
- DSWD, LGUs, NGOs, PNRC, ICRC, provided assistance worth P 13.3M; 1.7M; and 1.5M, respectively.
- 300 sacks of rice; transported 11,000 lbs of relief goods; 437 mats; assisted supplementary program of channel 7; 250 boxes of sardines; 2,780 blankets; 870 jerry cans; and 732 plastic pails.
- Provided rehabilitation assistance of the following: food assistance of the returning evacuees; reconstruction of roads in Pikit - P2M; implementation of Plant now pay later program w/ NDCC fund support of P3.5M.