Info Car wraps 5th leg for home-based IDPs PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 11:37

The fifth Information Caravan set the stage for the dialogue and open forum between the home-based internally displaced persons (IDPs), and the City Government and its partners Tuesday, April 15.

Around 2,000 home-based IDPs from the 6 conflict-affected areas of Rio Hondo, Sta. Barbara, Sta. Catalina, Kasanyangan, Mariki, and Talon-Talon trooped to the City Coliseum to participate in the half-day activity which discussed the ongoing rehabilitation and recovery updates.

Led by Mayor Beng Climaco, the caravan kicked off with the presentations of the local and national government agencies involved in implementing the recovery roadmap for Zamboanga City. These included presentations from the City Government and its offices, the National Housing Authority (NHA), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The presentations served to underscore the nature of the rehabilitation work which is a collaboration between the local and the national government, and is characterized by interdependent phases. Additionally, all rehabilitation and recovery-related efforts, plans and activities need to comply with the standards, and legalities set by national agencies such as the DPWH and NHA.

The DPWH and the NHA, together with the local government, are the primary agencies who will handle the bulk of the rehabilitation response, which will include the construction of roads and housing units for IDPs.

As with all other information caravans, an open forum followed the presentations, allowing home-based IDPs to voice out their questions and concerns on issues such as housing, social assistance, livelihood, and others.

To further supplement the dissemination of information, the DSWD manned an information desk to cater to home-based IDPs and their questions regarding livelihood opportunities.

Hinged on the belief that information is an aid that is equally important and critical, the Information Caravan is the City Government’s response to address information gaps and misinformation regarding the rehabilitation efforts.

Previous caravans were held at the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex, the Talon-Talon Elementary School, the Zamboanga East and West Central Schools, and the Tulungatung Transitory Site.

The information caravan is organized by the Communications Working Group (CWG) composed of the Public Information Division under the Office of the City Mayor, Philippine Information Agency, Department of Social Welfare and Development, United Nations for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA), International Organization for Migration (IOM), other humanitarian organizations and the Philippine International Non-government organizations or PINGON and local implementing partners. — Jasmine Mohammadsali