Beng bares CDRRMC actions for IDPs plight PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 11:11

Mayor Beng Climaco announced yesterday that the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) in a joint meeting with the Local Inter-Agency Committee last Wednesday resolved some issues pertaining to the plight of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in various evacuation centers and transitory sites.

She said one issue resolved was the payment of utility (water and electricity) bills for the evacuation centers at the Baliwasan grandstand and Cawa-Cawa evacuation centers.

The city chief executive also said the meeting also agreed to create additional committees that will address the selection of IDPs who will qualify for the home materials assistance, and other assistance that maybe given to qualified beneficiaries.

The home materials assistance in the amount of P30,000 will be given to IDPs with land titles for the reconstruction of their homes by themselves. No cash involved in the program as beneficiaries will be given housing materials only.

The CDRRMC likewise approved measures that will pave the way for the periodic dislodging of latrines in the evacuation centers. It approved the use of the 17-hectare public property land in Mampang a transitory site for IDPs currently occupying the Cawa-Cawa shorelines.

Recall, the city government stands by the humanitarian policy on relocation of IDPs, wherein the transfer of IDPs from evacuation centers to more livable and safe transitory sites is voluntary on the part of the IDPs.

Existing transitory sites are located in Tulungatung, Taluksangay and the PTSI in Upper Calarian.

Meanwhile, an information caravan was conducted yesterday afternoon at the Tulungatung transitory site, wherein the IDPs are informed of the updates and status of the Zamboanga Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R) under the build back better scheme.

Similar activity has already been conducted at the evacuation centers at the Baliwasan Grandstand that included those on Cawa-Cawa shorelines, and Talon-Talon.— Vic Larato