Transfer of Cawa-Cawa IDPs to Mampang, Arena Blanco pushed PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 April 2014 11:17

The impending transfer of internally displaced persons (IDPs) about 846 families from Cawa-Cawa shorelines to the elementary schools in Mampang and Arena Blanco will push through early next week notwithstanding resistance from certain sectors.

This, after the city government was able to secure permission from Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro to use the Mampang Elementary School and Arena Blanco Elementary School as temporary shelters for IDPs presently occupying the Cawa-Cawa shorelines or the R.T. Lim Boulevard.

Assistant City Administrator Dr. Elmeir Apolinario said the actual transfer will take place either on Monday or Tuesday depending on the outcome of another dialogue on Saturday with the “oppositors” mostly teachers and barangay officials in Mampang.

He said the issues and concerns raised by the “oppositors” are being addressed and “we will relay to them during the dialogue on Saturday the actions we have taken or to be taken” to assuage their fears of security, livelihood and other social services.

Apolinario clarified that the use of the schools by the IDPs is only temporary in nature, pending the construction of bunkhouses at the proposed transitory sites in Mampang and Arena Blanco.

He said the transitory site in Mampang, a 17-hectare abandoned salt bed, could accommodate about 30 bunkhouses at 12 rooms each, which translate to 360 rooms for 1 family each, or 360 families. The rest will be moved to Arena Blanco.

Apolinario said social preparations will have to be undertaken prior to the transfer of the IDPs, which means security, livelihood, utilities like water and power connections, latrines/health and sanitation and camp management will be put in place.

In the meantime, the inter-agency task force yesterday warned non-IDPs at Cawa-Cawa shorelines to voluntarily leave the area and return to their respective places of origin before drastic actions will be taken against them.

District 2 Rep. Lilia Nuño gave the warning following reports that the number of IDP-families has bloated to unrealistic proportions as half of those occupying the evacuation center on Cawa-Cawa shorelines were not displaced by the Zamboanga siege.

The report further said the real IDPs had invited their relatives from other places as far as Basilan to move in so they can avail of government assistance, particularly housing and cash.

Congresswoman Nuño said the list of IDPs should first be “sanitized” before the transfer so that only the legitimate IDPs will be moved to temporary and transitory sites. “Relocate the IDPs, remove the non-IDPs,” she said.

Today, the inter-agency task force will visit the proposed transitory site in Mampang to plan out security outposts, water/power connections, and toilets/latrines. — Vic Larato