'Tent city' rises for displaced Marawi residents

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 09 2017 08:07 PM | Updated as of Jul 09 2017 09:09 PM

MANILA - More than 200 tents were put up by the Department of Social Welfare and Development for the displaced families in Marawi City.

These tents will be used by the evacuees who were staying in Arabic schools, which will be used by students as classes resume next month.

Oliver Inodeo, spokesperson of the DSWD in Northern Mindanao, said each family will have a tent that has a toilet, a kitchen and even a laundry area. 

More tents will be put up this month as the DSWD eyes to transfer over 1,200 displaced families to the "tent cities."

Social Welfare and Development Secretary Judy Taguiwalo earlier said evacuees whose homes were destroyed by gun battles in Marawi City will be given "family-sized tents" instead of money for emergency shelter

Each tent can house up to 8 people and has windows for ventilation.

Taguiwalo said the government seeks to provide one "family-sized tent" for each of the 69,434 families who evacuated from war-torn Marawi.

--Report from Rod Bolivar, ABS-CBN News