Government forces have begun padlocking houses and business establishments already cleared of terrorists in Marawi City in a bid to curb looting activities in the city, a crisis official said Thursday.
"They have started padlocking the houses within the controlled area in response to the growing concern na may mga lootings pa hanggang ngayon," Zia Alonto Adiong, Marawi Crisis Management Committee spokesperson, said in a press conference in the city.
Adiong said the initial plan was for barangay captains to go with security teams to scour safe spots in the city for survivors or illegal activities.
"There was already a mechanism agreed upon by the Armed Forces and the local government unit... para ating mabantayan ang mga properties dito sa controlled areas," he said.
Adiong said the local government of Marawi was also coordinating with other officials from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao to ensure a sufficient supply of food and other resources for evacuees.
Much of Marawi City's population of more than 200,000 have fled from their homes after the Islamic State-linked Maute terrorist group, along with other local and foreign cohorts, launched attacks a month ago, engaging government troops in firefights.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development said at least 69,400 families from the conflict-stricken city were either staying in evacuation centers or with their relatives in nearby provinces.