Armed conflicts and poverty: How war has taken its toll on Mindanao

Decades of armed conflict has taken its toll on Mindanao. GMA News Research’s geographic information system (GIS) overlay shows that all but one of the provinces identified as conflict areas have remained mired in poverty, with poverty incidence worse than the national average.

This year, the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the National Disaster Coordinating Council have recorded 32 armed conflicts. Twenty-eight of these armed encounters happened in Mindanao.

North Cotabato and Maguindanao — both with four incidents — recorded the highest number of armed conflicts in the past eight months.

The 2005 Philippine Human Development Report (PDHR) notes that from 1986 to 2004, 15 of the 21 provinces with the most number of armed conflicts are in Mindanao.

List of Armed Conflicts in 2008 (January – August 21, 2008)
Sources: DSWD and NDCC

LOCATION Province DATE
Brgys. Dagohoy and Palma Gil,Talaingod Davao del Norte 1/7/2008
Brgy. Ned, Lake Sebu South Cotabato 1/9/2008
Datu Piang, Datu Abdullah Sangki, Shariff Aguak & Rajah Buayan Maguindanao 1/11/2008
San Pascual & Claveria Masbate 1/16/2008
Bayang Lanao del Sur 1/30/2008
Brgys Lakiki & Cabunnan in Sibuco Zamboanga del Sur 1/30/2008
Sitio Kasuyan, Brgy Kapihan in Libona Bukidnon 2/3/2008
Brgys. Mapaya & Murta, San Jose Occidental Mindoro 2/19/2008
Datu Piang Maguindanao 3/3/2008
Brgy. Dungos, Tulunan North Cotabato 4/2/2008
Datu Piang Maguindanao 4/3/2008
Datu Blah T. Sinsuat Shariff Kabunsuan 4/8/2008
Brgy. Kagay, Indanan Sulu 4/29/2008
Brgy Pantar, Banisilan North Cotabato 5/5/2008
Brgy Ilustre, President Roxas North Cotabato 5/5/2008
Brgys Portulin & New Eden in Pangantucan, La Roxas in Maramag Bukidnon 5/11/2008
Sitio Balutakay, Brgy. Managa, Bansalan Davao del Sur 5/18/2008
Brgy. Midtungok, Sen. Ninoy Aquino Sultan Kudarat 5/26/2008
Lower Bintuin & Fatima, Paquibato District, Davao City Davao del Sur 6/14/2008
Brgy. Pingan, General Macarthur Eastern Samar 6/23/2008
Loan Bridge, Brgy. Mindupok, Maitum Sarangani 6/25/2008
Brgy Guadalupe in Esperanza Masbate 6/30/2008
Brgy Ngan, Compostela Compostela Valley 5/26/2008
Midsayap, Aleosan, Libungan, Tulunan, Pikit North Cotabato 8/10/2008
Kolambugan, Linamon & Kauswagan Lanao del Norte 8/18/2008
Lake Sebu South Cotabato 8/18/2008
Maasim Sarangani 8/18/2008
Tipo-Tipo Basilan 8/11/2008
Brgy. Dalana, Mulondo Lanao del Sur 8/18/2008
Brgys Sangay & Paril in Kalamansig Sultan Kudarat 8/16/2008
Brgy . Gayunga, Northern Kabuntalan Shariff Kabunsuan 8/11/2008

BRENDA C. BARRIENTOS, GMA News Research

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