DTM Cotabato

Since 1992, IOM has supported the design andimplementation of some of the largest peace process operations in the world including in Mindanao. The second largest island of the Philippines, Mindanao is home to more than 20 million people of diverse ethno-linguistic backgrounds. Of this number, about 5 million are Muslims, who belong to at least 13 ethno-linguistic groups. IOM set-up its Cotabato sub-office in 2008 as response to the massive displacements and humanitarian needs brought by the GPH-MILF peace talks breakdown over the ancestral domains claim. Since then, IOM has assisted over one million displaced persons with various cluster activities, and community-based awareness and interactive sessions on CCCM, shelter and health, and prevention of human trafficking.