Buggoc challenge draws partners PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 11:52

Civic organizations, private groups and local and national agencies yesterday joined hands with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the local government in building temporary shelters for the Sama de Laut in Buggoc, Kasanyangan.

Dubbed as the Buggoc Challenge, the project had its groundbreaking yesterday with Mayor Beng Climaco, Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, representatives from IOM and the partners or donors leading the rites.

Sama de Laut leaders and the family-beneficiaries were present to witness the significant event. Barangay officials from Kasanyangan and the neighboring areas of Sta. Catalina and Rio Hondo.

Mayor Beng Climaco thanked the partners for their support and assistance to the government in the effort to build back a better Zamboanga.

The Buggoc project is an affirmation of the mayor’s declaration two months ago that the government will build back better Zamboanga and bring back internally displaced persons particularly the Sama De Lauts and or Bajaus closer if not possible to their places of origin.

The mayor likewise thanked the IOM, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) and all other humanitarian agencies helping in the Zamboanga response for their dedication and commitment to help the displaced families.

The houses on stilts are just temporary in nature as the permanent solutions are still being implemented.

The project aims to build 200 single detached housing units to house the Sama de Laut families now occupying the shoreline along R.T. Lim Boulevard. An additional 200 units may still be constructed in the area to accommodate the remaining IDPs at the boulevard and the grandstand.

Brian Lustre, IOM-Zamboanga head hoped that more and more partners will come out to help in the Buggoc Challenge. —Sheila Covarrubias