Practice Relating to Rule 131. Treatment of Displaced Persons
Section A. Provision of basic necessities
The Philippines’ Executive Order No. 267 (2000), Constituting the Presidential Executive Task Force for Relief and Rehabilitation of Central Mindanao, states:
Whereas, there is a necessity to urgently respond to the more immediate and urgent needs of the displaced population affected by armed conflicts in evacuation centers and in other places;
Whereas, there is a need to coordinate the existing civil society, private sector inputs, and international assistance in evacuation centers;
Whereas, there is a need to advocate for the participation of the private sector, civil society, and international donors in the rehabilitation of Central Mindanao;
Now, Therefore, I, Joseph Ejercito Estrada, President of the Republic of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby order the creation of the Presidential Executive Task Force for Relief and Rehabilitation of Central Mindanao.
Sub-Task Force 2: Meeting Minimum Basic Needs in Rehabilitation
Primary Task: In coordination with local chief executives, facilitate the development of an operational action plan to meet the immediate and urgent basic physical infrastructure needs of targeted communities; coordinate the efforts of agencies, NGOs, private sector in the provision of minimum basic needs of families and communities; facilitate the establishment/maintenance of needed social systems.
Sub-Task Force 4: Housing and Infrastructure Rehabilitation
: In coordination with local executives, facilitate the immediate development of a settlement plan, with priority construction of two types of housing, namely core shelters which are immediately needed by displaced returnees and socialized housing scheme[s]; coordinate with other agencies to facilitate the construction of other needed infrastructure, such as sewerage, etc.
The Philippines’ Executive Order No. 2 (2001), Creating an Interagency Committee for Relief, Rehabilitation and Development of Areas Affected by Armed Conflicts in Mindanao, states:
[T]he government [of the Philippines] is committed to ensure the safe return of families and individuals affected by armed conflicts to their communities of origin and assist them in rebuilding their shattered lives by addressing their basic needs.
The Guidelines on Evacuations adopted by the Presidential Human Rights Committee of the Philippines in 1991 provide that “the government shall provide free transportation facilities to the evacuees during evacuation” and that “medicine and relief goods, whether coming from the government or non-government organisations, shall be given to the evacuees without delay”.