7th transitory site for IDPs set in Kasanyangan PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 June 2014 11:40

Plans are afoot for the establishment of another transitory site in a 25-hectare property in barangay Kasanyangan to house the majority if not all of the remaining internally displaced persons now staying at the evacuation center at the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex.

This, after the Local Inter-Agency Committee (LIAC) in a meeting yesterday afternoon approved a resolution authorizing Mayor Beng Climaco to lease the Kasanyangan property owned by Hernan Lim for the immediate construction of bunkhouses and other facilities.

Lim is also the owner of the 38-hectare property in Kasanyangan, just adjacent to the proposed transitory site, which the government has acquired for permanent shelters.

Mayor Climaco however urged the agencies negotiating with Lim to expedite efforts to convince the lot owner to allow the free use of the 25-hectare property for temporary shelters, as part of his civic duty.

Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Soliman has committed funds for the establishment of the 7th transitory site along with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) which will construct the bunkhouses.

Assistant City Administrator Elmeir Apolinario, Ph.D. said if plans will not miscarry, the proposed transitory site in Kasanyangan can accommodate most of the IDPs now housed at the JEMSC as well as in the remaining schools used as evac centers.

At present there are 6 existing transitory sites and these are in Taluksangay, Philippine Tuberculosis Society Inc. (PTSI) in Upper Calarian, Tulungatung, JEMSC, Masepla in Mampang and Rio Hondo.

Other issues discussed during the LIAC meeting, presided by Mayor Climaco and Apolinario were updates on the housing component of the Z3R plan, Home Materials Assistance (HOMA) program, the conceptual plan  for the 38-hectare property in Kasanyangan as proposed by UP PLANADES, status of road right of way projects, status of the revalidation of IDPs/ non-IDPs at evac centers and transitory sites and numerous others.

The meeting was jointly done with the WASH Cluster and was also attended by representatives from various humanitarian organizations. — Sheila Covarrubias