DTM Cotabato 24 April 2015
From February to March 2015, a-month-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 Saudi-Ampatuan), Mamasapano and Shariff Aguak that resulted to displacement of over 25,000 people, fleeing their homes to avoid being caught in a cross fire, in the said municipalities including Datu Salibo.
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 18 sites in Maguindanao.