Residents of Marawi lining for the relief goods. (Photo by Fatimah Pangompig)

MARAWI CITY, October 31, 2017–“There is no place like home.”

This was what a DepEd teacher and a resident of Marawi Poblacion, said upon returning to their home in Marawi City on Tuesday.

Fatimah Pangompig who left her home 5 months ago during the siege of ISIS-inspired Maute Group, was one of those who re-entered the city following the Balik-Marawi program of the Local Government Units.

Barangay Poblacion known as Sarimanok is the second barangay that was opened for residency among the 9 barangays that were listed as safe to be occupied by the residents.

According to Pangompig, “We’re happy, mixed emotions ‘coz even if our doors were destroyed, we are finally able to lay on our bed.”

She also added that it is not easy to process the documents before entering Marawi. It took them two weeks to get their house number.

When they were scheduled to return to Marawi, the rural bus from Iligan city fetched them.

They were also welcomed by the DSWD ARMM at Norhidaya Function Hall upon returning Marawi.

DSWD was accommodated by the Brgy Chairwoman Dayamon Mustapha Miguel.

They distributed the relief goods and cash assistance to the residents of the said barangay.

Relief goods include hygiene kit, 1 sack of rice, a box of canned foods and coffee, and mat.

The only problem they are facing is the source of electricity.

“Wala kaming mapaglutuan dahil nawala rin ang mga stove namin, aasa lang kami sa electric stove, eh kaso wala…” (We can’t cook foods because the our stoves were stolen, so we only rely on electric stove, but we do not have).” (Fathmah Nasser/Duyog Marawi News)