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Wednesday, February 15, 2023

NCMF-Caraga, ICRC meet for prospective collaborations and project engagements

BUTUAN CITY -- Regional Director Monaim Guro of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) Caraga met with representatives from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Philippines to discuss possible future collaborations on February 10, 2023 in Butuan City. 

 

The ICRC is an independent, neutral organization ensuring humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence.

 

The meeting was held through the initiative of the Peace Building and Conflict Resolution Division led by Chief Nur-Aliyah Alonto through her staff Ms. Rocaya Balindong, who initially communicated with ICRC.  

 

Being new in the region, the ICRC Butuan Sub-delegation Team, represented by Protection Team Leader Liacer Fidelina Moncada Navarro, together with Adviser to Head of Sub-delegation Edward John Ty, and Protection Field Officer Ryan Kim Pescadera, visited the office of NCMF-Caraga and paid courtesy call. 

 

The ICRC Team briefed Director Guro of their mandate, programs and projects. As their office focuses on victims of armed conflict, they emphasized their need to have data regarding the movement of the Marawi Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in the Caraga region.

 

Director Guro expressed his appreciation for the visit and assured the group of NCMF’s support of their plans and programs, particularly those which will benefit the Muslims Filipinos. He also committed to extend help in gathering data of the current movement of Marawi IDPs in the region.

 

The ICRC was likewise briefed by the NCMF Settlement Division led by Chief Abdulhakim Khalid through staff Sittie Maliah Amatonding on the mandate, functions and programs of the agency, as well as the status of the Marawi IDPs in the  region. Another set of meetings is expected by the parties for further discussions on the matters covered and future plans of project engagement.

 

The NCMF led by Secretary Guiling A. Mamondiong welcomes this regional partnership with the ICRC and looks forward to rendering more sustainable humanitarian assistance to our constituents. (NCMF-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)