As part of its assessment of the implementation of the Balik Barangay Program for Indigenous Persons (IP) and Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in Patikul, Sulu, the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) invited Minority Floor Leader Atty.Laisa Masuhud Alamia to an online inter-agency coordination meeting together with officials from the Department of Interior and Local Government, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Local Government of Patikul, Sulu, and basic sectors represented in the NAPC.

MP Alamia will be participating in the said assessment as the lead proponent of the IDP Rights Bill filed in the Bangsamoro Parliament, whose role is crucial in “ensuring equitable economic growth and fostering sustainable development for indigenous peoples and internally displaced persons in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao.”

The said assessment is being conducted to examine the direct and indirect impacts of disasters linked to natural hazards and of armed conflict in Patikul, especially on the living conditions of IP and IDPs in the said municipality. It will also evaluate the availability and accessibility of basic social services in the area, while gauging the effectiveness of programs and policies currently in place as the national and regional government jointly work on a people-centered approach to poverty alleviation and community-driven development.