Home-based IDPs profiling set Aug 4-5 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 04 August 2014 11:35

The protection cluster under the Rehabilitation Coordination Structure will spearhead the conduct of profiling of Home-based internally displaced persons (HB-IDP) starting today, August 4-5, in a bid to ensure that all IDPs are included in the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R) plan.

The profiling will kick off simultaneously in Barangays Baliwasan and Tetuan. Profiling desks will be established in the barangay halls, each desk shall have 3-4 enumerators who shall conduct the profiling.  Representatives from the City Social Welfare and Development Office and humanitarian partners will also be present.

IDPs- whether they are in evacuation centers or transitory sites or home-based are entitled to humanitarian support under Philippine or international laws.

Home-based IDPs are persons or groups of persons who have been forced or obliged to flee or to leave their homes or places of habitual residence in particular as a result of or in order to avoid the effects of the September 2013 conflict in Zamboanga, situations of generalized violence, violations of human rights or natural or human-made disasters, and who have not crossed an internationally recognized State border. They currently reside in the house or home of their families or relatives and not in evacuation centers or transitory sites.

Under Philippine laws and International Human Rights law and humanitarian standards all IDPs are entitled to humanitarian support. This includes access to basic shelter, access to food and basic medical assistance.

The City Government in collaboration with the national government and UP-PLANADES has developed the Z3R plan for those affected in the September 2013 conflict. It is important that all families displaced from their previous homes are properly registered to ensure that they can access the assistance provided by the authorities and humanitarian agencies working in coordination with the City government.

Registration of IDPs and information gathered through interviews with all families has already taken place in evacuation centers (ECs) and transit sites (TS) and the local and national government recognize the fact that IDPs living outside these accommodations are also entitled to assistance in the same way as IDPs in ECs and TS.

For more information on the matter please contact Social Welfare Officer Socorro Roxas 0915-3148-538 and or Dr. Leonila Bayan 0917-7113-593. — Sheila Covarrubias