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COMMUNITIES IN LANAO DEL NORTE

GK Bag-ong Napo
GK COMMUNITY
Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte
$0    Poverty aggravated by natural disaster and socio-political conflicts has pushed the families in Napo in a miserably pathetic condition. Napo is a valley situated along Linamon-Kauswagan River in Lanao Del Norte. It has been the most accessible passageway of rebels from nearby mountains. Its residents who are mostly farmers and laborers desperately wish to leave the place but are compelled to stay because they know of no place to go. The landowners have allowed them to reside without pay. Hence, despite the risk, they continue to live along the riverbanks and get used to being flooded and losing some of their livestock and treasured belongings. Besides risking their lives in the perennial floods, most of them also jeopardize their lives as they eke out a living by working for the landowners in the remote parts during planting or harvesting agricultural products. A lot of them have experienced being robbed of their treasured carabaos or cattle and strafed to death by the rebels. Several have died, while others have been fortunate to escape death but are already physically impaired or amputated, and very few others survived unscathed and relate what they have gone through. $0$0In February 21, 1999, another horrendous flashflood wrecked havoc in Napo and its neighboring barangays, causing Napo to be in the state of calamity: 74 families homeless; ten (10) were found dead; unknown numbers missing.  In March 16, 2000, another upheaval followed. While many were still bereaving and mourning for the dead and missing family members, rumors of the impending rebel attacks circulated throughout the town of Linamon. True indeed, the rebels did attack, conquering Napo first, pillaging it, strafing military and civilians alike. The beleaguered residents fled for safety, leaving their recently finished shanties and livestock newly distributed by the government, to the advantage of the rebels. Since their return from the evacuation centers, many of them opted to sleep not inside their shanties but near the seashore or the estuary for easy escape to the sea in case rebels would attack again. Barely two years after the devastation, was a safe relocation site provided to the 74 families under the leadership of the Municipal Government.  Since then with the assistance of the Couples for Christ and other partners, the site has become “BAG-ONG NAPO GAWAD KALINGA VILLAGE.” $0

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