IDP Protection Assessment Report, AFP vs Pro-ISIS militants in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, Issue No. 4
Fourteen weeks into the conflict, the AFP and PNP continue implementing clearing operations in Marawi city. The number of displaced persons has been pegged since July 26, 2017 by government sources at 78,466 families (359,680 individuals). This is a 33.4 percent reduction from the 117,875 families (534,127 individuals) reported prior to the data cleansing initiated by the DSWD based on the encoded data from the Disaster Assistance Family Access Cards (DAFAC). Data provided does not anymore indicate the number of IDPs that are home-based and are found in evacuation centers. However, based on pre-DAFAC statistics, 94 percent of total displaced population is with host families in 9 regions. The remainder is still living in the remaining 75 listed evacuation centers. This data includes secondary displacement that has reportedly occurred in nearby municipalities. Most of the IDPs still remain displaced. Return into Marawi is not allowed by authorities due to prevailing security threats.