IDPs transfer to Mampang set Print
Friday, 11 April 2014 11:38

Transfer of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Cawa-Cawa shoreline to the Mampang Elementary School will take place today after ground preparations including coordination with host communities and concerned agencies have been made.

Assistant City Administrator Dr. Elmeir Apolinario, who sits as the government lead for temporary shelter cluster, said the City Government is committed to see to it that all concerns and apprehensions raised by Mampang residents are properly addressed.

These concerns included security, health and sanitation issues and livelihood programs.

The transfer to the Mampang Elementary School will cover some 300 families occupying the Cawa-cawa shoreline but the priority are some 120 vulnerable families.

Based on an agreement with Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro, the use of the Mampang Elementary School will only cover a period of 2 months during summer while the construction of bunkhouses at Masepla, Mampang is ongoing. The IDPs are to vacate the place at least two weeks before the opening of classes in June and that all amenities such as water and light including the sanitation  facilities will be taken care of by the City government.

Apolinario said the City Government will also shoulder the expenses for the repair of the school facilities once the IDPs will be transferred to their bunkhouses.

While he recognizes opposition from the host community, the  temporary shelter cluster head said the transfer is for the good of the entire City of Zamboanga stressing that City Hall is looking at the greater picture not only at the host community but for the entire Zamboanga City.

The transfer of the Cawa-Cawa shoreline IDPs is covered by a resolution approved by the Local Inter-Agency Committee Monday afternoon citing legal basis under the Local Government Code, the General Welfare Clause under the emergency powers of the mayor.

Clearing of the Cawa-Cawa shoreline is the best measure that can help reduce if not eradicate health issues at the evacuation centers.

Mayor Beng Climaco has emphasized that given the legal bases for the transfer, what is very important is the respect for the rights of the people more particularly of the host community and the rights of the IDPs.

The transfer today will be facilitated by the clusters concerned in coordination with the security sector and the barangay officials. — Sheila Covarrubias