Climaco: Intensify healing process PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 July 2014 11:46

In order to allow children and families to heal and find closure from the Zamboanga Siege, City Mayor Beng Climaco has tasked the City Government, and the clusters and humanitarian partners involved in the City’s rehabilitation, to intensify the healing process.

“Our children seem to mourn the loss and suffer from the tragedy, hence we need to intensify the healing process so that Christian Lumad and Moslem children and families can find solace and move on from the tragedy 10 months ago,” said Climaco during the press briefing Monday, July 14.

Towards this end, the City Government will be meeting with the recently convened Interfaith Council and the Healing and Confidence Building Cluster to discuss and come up with measures to promote healing and closure among children and families who were directly affected by the siege.

Also in the pipeline is the program of the World Health Organization (WHO) which will widen training for psychosocial healing to barangay personnel, in coordination with mental health professionals, said Climaco.

Concerned agencies are also working on measures to address concerns on sustainable livelihood opportunities to gradually transition IDPs from their dependence on assistance.

“If that mentality of mendicancy and expecting always to be receiving something [continues], we will not be productive. In the long run, when all of these assistance will cease, then they have to face reality to work,” discussed Climaco.

Initiatives such as the food for work program are currently ongoing in order to help IDPs gain independence and earn their own keep while doing productive work, an effort which Climaco calls as sweat equity.

“Kailangan paghirapan mo ang iyong sahod. And little by little we are initiating this,” she added.

She also directed Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) Acting Director PSSupt. Angelito Casimiro and the UNICEF to look into the emergence of social problems between IDPs and the community.

“I am telling Col. Casimiro and our UNICEF team, we have to analyze the situation of our IDPs right now, because there are also students from the schools who are affected by some children who pull their bags and skirts. That is a social concern and problem that we need to address,” the mayor added. — Jasmine Mohammadsali