Cawa-cawa IDP transfer continues without hitches PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 13 April 2014 13:47

An additional 64 families or 303 individuals occupying the Cawa-cawa shoreline were transferred to the elementary schools of Mampang and Arena Blanco Saturday, the second day of continuous movement of internally displaced persons (IDP).

Assistant City Administrator Dr. Elmeir Apolinario, government lead for the temporary shelter cluster said of the total number, 38 families with 183 individuals were moved to Mampang Elementary School while 26 families with 120 individuals were moved to Arena Blanco Elementary School.

In addition, 12 families with 57 individuals availed of the Balik Probinsya program and 3 families with 14 individuals availed of the Balik Barangay program specifically in barangays Pasonanca, Sinunuc and Lower Calarian.

Fourteen (14) bancas were transferred to Arena Blanco—of which 6 were escorted by Coast Guard personnel and 8 were transported by trucks.

Last Friday, 32 families with 225 individuals formed part of the initial transfer from the Cawa-cawa shoreline to Mampang.

Just like the first day of IDP movement, the transfer Saturday went on smoothly and without hitches, according to  Apolinario.

Law enforcement authorities assisted the City Government in carrying out the transfer 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).

The IDP transfer from the Cawa-cawa shoreline to the Mampang and Arena Blanco Elementary Schools is temporary, as the families will be moved anew to Masepla, Mampang   as soon as the bunkhouses and other amenities are in place.

The City government will take charge of the expenses for light and water that will be entailed by the schools during the IDPs’ stay. All damages to properties will also be repaired at the expense of the city.

Apolinario said the City Government will also address all concerns of the host community that include security, livelihood and health during the stay of the IDPs in Mampang.

The IDP transfer to Mampang is backed by a Local Inter-Agency Committee resolution which cites the Local Government Code and the General Welfare clause under the emergency powers of the power as legal bases. —Sheila Covarrubias