DTM Cotabato 2 March 2014
Since February 04, thousands of civilians from Barangays Buliok, Kalbugan, and Bagoinged, in the municipality of Pagalungan, Maguindanao and Kabasalan, Rajah Muda, Bulol, Buliok and Barungis in the municipality of Pikit, North Cotabato have fled their homes due to intense armed clashes between the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). According to reports shared by Municipal Social Welfare and Development offices of Pikit, Pagalungan, Sultan sa Barongis and ARMM-HEART, a total of 72,833 displaced persons have taken temporary shelter in evacuation centers and host communities (home-based) as of March 2, 2015.
In close coordination with the local government units, IOM Cotabato has conducted assessment missions in the affected sites to identify the most pressing needs and concerns of the IDPs for possible response and referrals. To date, IOM Cotabato has assessed seven sites (four in Pikit, North Cotabato and three in Pagalungan, Maguindanao).