Transfer of evacuees to Mampang orderly PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 12 April 2014 11:54

The City Government in coordination with law enforcement agencies successfully carried out yesterday afternoon the initial transfer of internally displaced persons (IDP) from the Cawa-cawa shoreline to Mampang Elementary School.

Government trucks and L-300 vans transported 32 IDP-families composed of 225 individuals in a peaceful and orderly manner in the presence of representatives from concerned clusters under the Rehabilitation Coordination Structure including personnel from the Commission on Human Rights and even United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Assistant City Administrator Dr. Elmeir Apolinario, government lead for temporary shelter cluster said the IDP movement will continue until Tuesday or until all verified and assessed IDP families occupying the Cawa-cawa shoreline shall have been transferred to either the Mampang Elementary School or the Arena Blanco Elementary School.

Apolinario expressed elation that the transfer, despite earlier reports of resistance from both the IDPs and the host community, turned out well. He attributed the same to adequate groundwork such as social preparation for both the host community and the IDPs.

He reiterated that the decongestion of the Cawa-cawa shoreline is seen as the best way to address health issues confronting the IDPs in evacuation centers. He hoped that the succeeding transfers will be similarly peaceful and orderly.

Mampang barangay officials including the administration and staff of the Mampang Elementary School also heeded to the call of the government to host the IDPs, albeit on a temporary basis.

Based on an agreement with Education Secretary Armin Luistro, the City Government will see to it that the IDPs vacate the school premises at least two weeks before the opening of classes in June.

The temporary stay at the elementary schools of Mampang and likewise Arena Blanco will pave the way for the construction of bunkhouses or temporary shelters in Masepla, Mampang, a former saltbed area which has been granted a special permit to be used as transitory site for families affected by the September siege.

Mayor Beng Climaco has vowed that the City Government will comply with all the conditions set during a dialogue with the host community. These include security, livelihood, health and sanitation issues.

The government is also to take care of the water and light expenses that will be incurred by the school. It will also shoulder the repair of any and all damages that may be sustained in the school facilities after the IDPs shall have transferred to the transitory site in Masepla.

The transfer of IDPs to Mampang is covered by a resolution approved by the Local Inter-Agency Committee Monday afternoon citing legal basis under the Local Government Code and the General Welfare Clause under the emergency powers of the mayor. — Sheila Covarrubias