Beng bares continuous aid for IDPs in temporary sites PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 12:03

Mayor Beng Climaco announced yesterday that the city’s United Nations partners to build back a better Zamboanga are unceasing in their commitment to assist the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the evacuation centers and those housed at the transitory sites.

In her weekly press briefing in City Hall yesterday morning, Mayor Climaco said the World Food Programme will resume the food for work initiative wherein the IDPs will be given a sack of rice each family for a week’s work.

She said the 18,000 bags of rice at 50 kilos each have already been shipped to the city for the renewed food for work program that will run for three months (May to July). Every month, a total of 6,000 IDPs are expected to benefit from the program.

The World Food Programme is being assisted by the City Agriculturist Office in assigning the IDPs to various work activities ranging from mangrove planting to cleaning their surroundings at the transitory sites.

Climaco also announced that the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will continue to help the internally displaced children who will be returning to schools during the opening of classes in June.

The UNICEF is set to deliver on May 26 some 1,200 educational packs for elementary pupils, 1,250 packs for high school students and 20 ECCD huge kits for daycare centers and kindergarten schools for communal use and 19 special education manipulative toy kits.

The distribution of educational materials will be coursed through the Department of Education though the Division Office.

“We remain thankful to the UN agencies and partners for their continuous generosity to Zamboanga IDPs and for helping the city government in building back a better Zamboanga,” Climaco said.

In another development, the lady chief executive said the decongestion of IDPs at Cawa-Cawa shorelines and the Grandstand in Baliwasan will be pursued gradually but surely, taking into account all laws, cultural sensitivities and humanitarian considerations.

This, she said, as the city government started transferring the IDPs to transitory sites in Tulungatung, Taluksangay and the PTSI property in Upper Calarian. The transfer, however, is voluntary on the part of the IDPs.

With regard to the IDPs occupying the elementary schools in Mampang and Arena Blanco, Climaco said all the 79 families have already been transferred to the Masepla transitory site, making the both schools available for Brigada Eskwela and the opening of classes in June.

“We have instructed the City Engineer to immediately undertake the necessary repair and refurbish of the schools’ facilities and make them ready for the students and teachers in June,” Mayor Climaco said.— Vic Larato