City clears Mampang, Arena Blanco ES of IDPs PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 May 2014 11:59

The City Government has fulfilled its commitment to the Department of Education (DEPED) to clear the Mampang and Arena Blanco elementary schools of evacuees in time for the opening of the school year.

This, as the city in cooperation national agencies and humanitarian partners completed yesterday afternoon the transfer of 79 families from Mampang and Arena Blanco Elementary Schools to the Masepla, Mampang transitory site which will serve as their temporary shelter pending construction of permanent houses closer if not possible in their areas of origin.

Of the 79 families transferred, 50 came from Mampang Elementary School while 29 came from Arena Blanco ES. They were from the Cawa-cawa boulevard shoreline and were moved to the elementary schools early April to help decongest the shoreline in view of health risks.

Assistant City Administrator Elmeir Apolinario, head of the temporary shelter cluster said the movement to the Masepla transitory site took place after the necessary amenities such as latrines and basic requirements such as water and light were installed in the area.

Based on an agreement with Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro, the use of the Mampang Elementary School was to cover only a period of 2 months during summer while the construction of bunkhouses at Masepla, Mampang was 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 shoulder the expenses for the repair of the school facilities once the IDPs will be transferred to their bunkhouses.

Meanwhile, movement of other IDP families staying at the Cawa-cawa shoreline will be done gradually targeting the most vulnerable.

Apolinario said ground preparations are continuously being undertaken by concerned clusters that will pave the way for the smooth transfer of the families to the transitory site. — Sheila Covarrubias