As a result of the previously held series of workshops with concerned government agencies, OCD ARMM spearheaded the finalization of the draft regional contingency plan for human-induced dubbed as “OPLAN MALASUBA” held at the OCD-ARMM Conference Hall, 05 April 2016.

OCD ARMM OIC Myrna J Angot, said the goal of the contingency plan is to provide effective, efficient, timely and well-coordinated response mechanisms in the event of the occurrence of armed conflict in the region.

“The mechanisms shall help to protect lives, properties, and the environment in the autonomous region, and restore the immediate needs of the affected communities, said Angot.

The different sectors with its lead offices include: Coordination- ARMM HEART; Food and Non-food Items- DSWD ARMM; Protection- DSWD ARMM, Camp Coordination and Management- DSWD ARMM, HEALTH (WASH, Health, Nutrition and Psychological Services)- DOH ARMM, Logistics- OCD ARMM; Emergency Telecommunications- DOTC ARMM, Education- DepEd ARMM, Agriculture- DAF ARMM; Search, Rescue and Retrieval- Armed Forces of the Philippines; Management of the Dead and the Missing- DILG ARMM; Law and Order- PNP PRO ARMM; International Humanitarian Relations- RDRRMC ARMM HEART; and Livelihood- DTI ARMM.

Members of lead agencies put heads together for the crafting of theOplanMalasuba which is anchored on specific objectives to help the LGUs of MALASUBA in finding ways to pre-empt the escalation of hostilities in their respective AORs to lessen vulnerability and reduce impact on affected areas; to strictly implement the response protocol in the ARMM; to coordinate among regional level stakeholders on disaster or response and know their capacities and secure their commitments; to provide standard assistance on technical aspect of response such as food and nutrition, health and sanitation, camp planning and shelter, logistics, community service and registration.

ARMM remains volatile to any kind of disaster, be it natural or human induced. Hazards can be seen elsewhere and it simply adds to the agony where the local populace becomes vulnerable. Incidentally, relevant undertakings of complex emergencies in the past have triggered armed-conflict between the government troops and some lawless elements. These recurring incidents had immense adverse impact on human lives, properties, infrastructure, agriculture, and the economy as well.

Through the years, violence continues to plague the region with most of the fighting occurring in Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, and Sulu. This has led to a turning point where most of the residents from various communities have been forced to evacuate. At the height of the conflagration between government forces and the MILF in August 2008, has resulted in the displacement of hundreds of thousands of civilians.

The government has remained with its commitment in strengthening the GPH-MILF lasting peace settlement mechanism, so that IDPs are protected from collateral damage of armed conflict. In addition, bombings and other acts of terrorism consequently cause public anxiety, lost of lives, destruction of properties and sometimes socio-political stability.

The hazard identification speaks that ARMM is exposed not only to natural hazards like flood, earthquakes, tsunamis, and landslides but also to human induced hazard such as the armed conflict, terrorism, and fire.Accordingly, armed conflict ranks as first in hazard.

Through reality-check and grounded assessment, the regional CP planners projected the armed-conflict as the most likely scenario to occur in their respective municipality. Accordingly, this possible emergency event would re-occur or re-experience in MALASUBA despite extensive efforts by the government and other sectors to bring about lasting peace and sustainable development in the region.

During the recent ARMM Regional Contingency Plan (ConPlan) Formulation Workshop, members of the RDRRMC- ARMM Technical Management Group (TMG) reviewed the ConPlans for MASULBA. Manifesting support to the local ConPlans, the Council TMG planners consequently assessed and agreed that Armed-Conflict will most likely occur in MALASUBA.

The RDRRMC- ARMM have prepared for the worst case scenario where following are the probable scenarios should there be recurrence of armed-conflict: Presence of Lawless Group (BIFF/ASG/ PAG); Politics, ideology, and power-struggle; Poverty, illiteracy, and lack of social concern; Cultural/tribal differences, clan/family feuds, and land conflict; Human Rights violations, and less value for life; Failure of Passing the Bangsamo Basic Law (BBL); and the forthcoming National and Local Elections.