7th transitory site opens in Paniran PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 18 July 2014 11:36

To gradually clear evacuation centers, the City Government in cooperation with local and international partners yesterday formally opened the 8th transitory site in Paniran in Sta. Catalina in a property voluntarily offered by the Silsillah Dialogue Movement.

Initial 15 families –mostly from the Don Gregorio Memorial School (DON GEMS), a few from the Zamboanga East Central School and grandstand were moved to the area based on guidelines or conditions set by the Silsillah Dialogue Movement.

Mayor Beng Climaco personally spearheaded the ceremonial turnover ceremony yesterday morning attended by the stakeholders to include Silsillah Founding Chair Fr. Sebastiano D’Ambra and president Minda Sano, representatives from the International Organization and Migration (IOM), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), City Social Welfare and Development Office, Sta. Catalina Barangay Officials led by Chairman Jimmy Villaflores, different cluster heads under the Rehabilitation Coordination Structure and the families-beneficiaries.

The single recovery shelter units are constructed by the IOM in coordination with the DSWD with support from the governments of Japan, Canada and United Kingdom and other agencies

Mayor Climaco expressed gratitude to the different partners who are continuously assisting the City Government in the recovery and rehabilitation efforts.

“We are very grateful that people not from Zamboanga are very passionate in commitment to help our internally displaced persons (IDPs),” the mayor said in her statement during the turnover ceremony.

In his message, Fr. D’Ambra said Silsillah has thought of allowing the free use of its property as a way of helping the local government in its efforts to help alleviate the plight of the affected families.

The families who will occupy the Paniran transitory site are those who are beneficiaries of the permanent housing project in the Paniran Homeowners Association area.

Villaflores for his part thanked the local government, the national government agencies and the humanitarian agencies that are coordinating efforts for the welfare of the IDPs.

He urged the IDPs to also help the government in all its efforts particularly to build back a better Zamboanga and to help ensure cleanliness and sanitation in the transitory site. — Sheila Covarrubias