9 months after siege, donors assess Zambo City needs PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 13:11

Social Welfare Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman and representatives from various UN agencies and donors are arriving in Zamboanga City to assess the needs of the city and the affected sector, nine months after the siege.

The visit is aimed to look into the possibility of augmenting the assistance to the city’s recovery and rehabilitation efforts considering that over 4,700 families or roughly 25,000 people remain in evacuation centers and transitory sites.

Mayor Beng Climaco has expressed profound gratitude to national government agencies such as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), National Housing Authority (NHA), Department of Health (DOH) including UN partners and donors for their continuous assistance and support to Zamboanga City following the man-made calamity last September 2013.

She hoped that the UN partners and donors will continue their generosity stressing that the situation still calls for the help of all concerned agencies and partners.

While the DPWH, NHA and other national agencies are taking care of Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction or Z3R plan in coordination with the local government, humanitarian agencies and partners along with the DSWD, DOH and other agencies are looking after the humanitarian needs of the internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Joining Sec. Soliman in her assessment visit to the city are UN partners and donors. The group will check on the situation of IDPs in the evacuation centers and transitory sites before meeting with Mayor Beng Climaco and the different clusters under the recovery and rehabilitation coordination structure. —Sheila Covarrubias