Practice Relating to Rule 132. Return of Displaced Persons
Section B. Measures to facilitate return and reintegration
The Guidelines on Evacuations adopted by the Presidential Human Rights Committee of the Philippines in 1991 provide: “Both the Government and Non-Government Organisations shall help in the rehabilitation of evacuees through socio-economic projects, skills formation and education.”
In 2002, in a speech during the 6th Asia Pacific-Middle East Regional Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the President of the Philippines noted:
We thank the Red Cross and the Red Crescent for your valuable assistance in the population movements caused by armed conflict.
I thank you, for instance, that the last of the evacuees of the recent war in Mindanao have gone home. And we thank you for making that easier. We have a ceasefire in place with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front [MILF] and the MILF has started to organize their own NGO that will undertake development projects and receive assistance.
In 2003, in a statement delivered in Dapitan city in the province of Zamboanga del Norte, the President of the Philippines stated: “We are prepared … to take the initiative in creating the environment for the peaceful return of the Pikit evacuees to their villages”.