DTM Cotabato 22 May 2015
From February to March 2015, amonth-long law and order operations lead by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) left more than 91,000 displaced individuals in 13 municipalities of the province of Maguindanao.
Named SPMS box by the military, the operation focuses on the municipalities of Shariff Saydona, Pagatin (Datu SaudiAmpatuan), Mamasapano and Shariff Aguak that resulted to displacement of over 30,000 people, fleeing their homes to avoid being caught in a cross fire, in the said municipalities including Datu Salibo and Datu Unsay.
close coordination with the local government units, DSWD together with IOM Cotabato has conducted assessment missions in the currently open sites to identify the most pressing needs and concerns of the IDPs for possible response and referrals. To date, DSWD and IOM Cotabato have assessed 21 sites in Maguindanao.