The local government of Datu Saudi Ampatuan has started distributing relief goods and food packs to some 1,200 families displaced by armed hostilities involving Moro rebels and government forces.
Mayor Samsudin Dimaukom of Datu Saudi Ampatuan told reporters that the clash which erupted last July 27 has displaced civilians.
"Now that a cessation of hostilities has been imposed and implemented by both sides, the local government quickly started humanitarian assistance program," Dimaukom said.
A civilian was hit by stray bullet during the early morning skirmishes involving government troops and Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
A ceasefire is existing between Army and MILF in Datu Saudi Ampatuan but a misunderstanding and mis-encounter occurred when soldiers, pursuing outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) clashed with MILF instead.
The humanitarian arm of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and the Maguidanao relief teams have started attending to the needs of the displaced families now temporarily housed in at least 15 public schools.