City dialogues with Mampang residents PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 April 2014 11:18

Assistant City Administrator Elmeir Apolinario entreated the residents of barangay Mampang to work with the local government to enable the city to move forward from the effects of last year’s siege.

He issued the appeal yesterday after a public consultation with Mampang residents on the proposal to move the internally-displaced persons (IDPs) staying at the Don Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex and the R.T. Lim Boulevard in the barangay.

Apolinario said he expected residents to oppose the proposal and that their reactions during the forum were as expected.

“It is understandable for them to have apprehensions, especially with regards to security, how their livelihood would be affected, how the proposal will affect the education of Mampang children,” he stated.

However, he hoped residents will look at the bigger picture. “I hope they will also consider the side of the local government and keep an open mind so the city can already move forward.”

Last Friday, Apolinario met with Mampang barangay chair Leonard Aliangan on the matter while personnel from the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), the Department of Social Welfare and Development Office (DSWD) Regional Office, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and some IDPs to look at the identified site.

The local government has been looking to transfer IDPs from the sports complex and the boulevard to a much safer and more favorable environment to curtail the morbidity rate in the said evacuation camps.

A sizable property in Barangay Talon-Talon was initially eyed to host the IDPs; however, the proposal did not push through due to strong opposition from Talon-Talon barangay officials and residents.

While he understands the misgivings of Mampang residents, Apolinario urged them to consider how they can help the city’s efforts to move past the September siege.

“We need to look at the bigger picture. We need to see how this proposal will benefit the city,” he appealed. — Claudine Uniana