Livelihood activities for IDPs stepped up PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 July 2014 13:12

The city government and its partner agencies continue to look into possible livelihood opportunities for families temporarily living at evacuation centers and transitional sites after they have been displaced by last year’s siege.

According to City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat, various proposals are being considered to provide internally displaced persons means of livelihood to help them support their respective families.

Foremost is the seaweed farming proposal with an estimated budget of P21M to cover the training of internally displaced persons (IDPs), the purchase of equipment and construction of facility, including fishing materials, fishing gears and pump boats. The proposal is currently with the Office of the City Planning and Development Coordinator for further study, Palacat said.

The local government is likewise studying training the IDPs on the production of high value crops. Mayor Beng Climaco will endorse the proposition to the Department of Labor and Employment for approval.

Other members of the livelihood cluster have also given other proposals such as providing IDPs the necessary training on a technical skill of their choice (e.g. carpentry, masonry) and the provision of starter kits.

Households living in temporary shelters are encouraged to grow their own vegetables for their consumption. — Claudine Uniana