Beng hopes UN extends aid program to Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 18 March 2014 11:04

Mayor Beng Climaco expressed hopes that United Nations humanitarian agencies will extend their assistance program for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Zamboanga City saying that the city is not yet capable of being fully independent at this time.

This, as Climaco leads government representatives in a meeting with UN humanitarian agencies Tuesday, March 18 for an assessment, revision and possible extension of the Zamboanga Action Plan (ZAP) 2014.

Climaco said the assessment of the ZAP is aimed to continue response to cluster needs and gaps for the remaining IDP families in evacuation centers, transition sites and host communities in support of the City Government’s long term plan for siege victims.

Since the start of the assistance program, the UN has infused more than $100 million for IDPs in Zamboanga City. This assistance is provided through the interventions by the different UN humanitarian agencies.

“We ask the UN to please extend assistance to the city because the framework is only for 6 months. Zamboanga City is not yet capable of being fully independent,” the mayor said in her regular press briefing in City Hall Monday.

Nevertheless, she said, the city government along with national government agencies will have to prepare, as sooner or later, the city will be left on its own to tend  to the needs of the victims of the September siege.

“With our without the UN assistance, we need to work well and do our work well,” she added.

As of March 11, a total of 4,873 families or 25,840 individuals remain at the 9 evacuation centers and 5 transitory sites. The evacuation centers include the JEMSC, Cawa-cawa shoreline, Divisoria National High School, Lunzuran Barangay Hall, Sta. Maria Elementary School, Talon-talon Elementary School, Talon-talon National High School, Zamboanga East Central School and Don GEMS in Sta. Catalina.

Bunkhouses are constructed in 5 areas- JEMSC in Baliwasan, Rio Hondo, Taluksangay, Tulungatung and the Philippine Tuberculosis Society Inc. (PTSI) property in Calarian. — Sheila Covarrubias