Info caravan for IDPs concludes second leg PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 17 March 2014 11:04

Local officials, agencies and humanitarian actors touched base with the internally displaced persons (IDPs) at the Talon-Talon Elementary and National High Schools Saturday, March 15, for the second leg of the Information Caravan series.    An initiative which seeks to disseminate critical information to IDPs, the Information Caravan brought together the representatives of the different local offices and agencies involved in the implementation of the rehabilitation plan for Zamboanga City to provide updates, and to answer questions put forward by the IDPs themselves.

Joining the Caravan was City Mayor Beng Climaco, who in her message, once again reiterated the need for IDPs and local government alike to stand united, and cooperate as the rehabilitation plans for the City slowly gains ground.

Also present were Task Force Zamboanga Commander Col. Andrelino Colina, Department of Social Welfare and Development Regional Director Zenaida Arevalo, City Health Officer Rodel Agbulos, PENRO Tito Gadon, National Housing Authority Representative Engr. Bolay-og, City Planning and Development Coordinator Engr. Rodrigo Sicat, Asst. City Administrator Elmeir Apolinario, Asst. City Agriculturist Teodulo Adora, Asst. City Social Welfare Officer Leonida Bayan, DPWH Representative John Buisan and Engr. Atilano, City Assessor Erwin Bernardo and numerous others.

A highlight of the Caravan was the open forum, which served as the avenue for IDPs to discuss their concerns regarding the establishment of temporary and permanent shelters, livelihood opportunities, and available social services.

As majority of the IDPs in the Talon-Talon ECs are from Layag-Layag, Leha-Leha, Sumariki, and Sumatra areas, the Caravan also discussed in detail the legal bases and environmental regulations which designated these areas, as “no return, no build” zones, due to their vulnerability to environmental hazards.

The Information Caravan is a response to the pressing need of IDPs for accurate and timely information regarding recovery and rehabilitation initiatives. It is set to visit the different evacuation centers and transitory sites in the coming weeks. — Jasmine Mohammadsali