More than 6,000 families in Maguindanao have been affected by the ongoing military operations against lawless elements, the Bangsamoro government said.
The 6,595 affected families came from the seven municipalities, such as Mamasapano, Datu Salibo, Shariff Aguak, Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Datu Unsay, Datu Piang, and Shariff Saidona.
The Bangsamoro government conducted an initial relief distribution for the affected population Friday, March 15.
At least 812 families from the towns of Datu Unsay, Datu Salibo, and Datu Saudi Ampatuan received food packs containing six kilos of rice, canned goods and packs of coffee during the relief operation, said Myrna Jo Henry, information officer of the region’s Humanitarian Emergency Action Response Team (HEART).
The relief operation would resume next week to cater other affected municipalities, she said.
The Joint Task Force Central (JTFC) launched a surgical air and artillery mission on March 11 in Salibu-Pagatin-Mamasapano and Shariff Aguak where suspected terrorists were allegedly hiding.