Transfer of IDPs to Masepla continues PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 June 2014 11:53

The transfer of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from schools serving as evacuation centers to the Masepla-Mampang transitory site continues as both government agencies and humanitarian partners work to complete the construction of bunkhouses which will serve as temporary shelters for IDPs and their families.

In his presentation during the press briefing Monday, June 9, Assistant City Administrator and focal person for Temporary Shelter Cluster Dr. Elmeir Apolinario stated that around 47 families from the Zamboanga East Central School will be making the transfer to Masepla on Monday afternoon.

“Today, we will moving out about 47 families from the Zamboanga City East Central School to Masepla,” said Apolinario.

Currently, the Temporary Shelter Cluster is focusing its efforts on clearing schools serving as evacuation centers to allow students the full use of school facilities. To date, the remaining school-based evacuation centers are the Don GEMS, Talon-Talon National High School, and Talon- Talon Elementary School.

“We are also trying to work it out [the transfer] in Talon-Talon National High School and Talon-Talon Elementary School,” noted Apolinario. Around 200 families are sheltered in the evacuation centers in Talon-Talon.

Meanwhile, the City Government is working to fast track the social preparation for families in the remaining evacuation centers as rooms are already available in the Masepla site. According to Apolinario, 26 out of the 30 bunkhouses have already been completed, and there are currently 12 bunkhouses, capable of housing at least 300 families, which are ready for occupancy.

The Masepla area in Mampang is the 6th transitory site set up for IDPs. It has around 134 families, or 677 individuals. A total of 30 bunkhouses are expected to be completed for the site through the efforts of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the Habitat for Humanity, and the Engineering Brigade.

The entire Masepla site can accommodate a total of 720 families.

Apolinario anticipates that the ongoing preparations and movements will be enough to meet the timeline set by the City Government and the Department of Education (DepEd) to clear the schools.

“We foresee that we will be able to meet the timeline to have the IDPs relocated out of the schools,” said Apolinario. — Jasmine Mohammadsali