Camp dialogues culminate in PTSI PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 05 September 2014 12:03

“Kumustahan”, the camp dialogues initiated to raise awareness on true sentiments of internally displaced persons (IDPs) culminated at the PTSI transitory site in Upper Calarian Thursday, September 4 with the firm resolve of ensuring a regular engagement between government and project implementers and those affected by last year’s siege.

Mayor Beng Climaco, who personally spearheaded the series of camp dialogues engaged with the IDPs in the grandstand, Tulungatung, Taluksangay, Mampang, Rio Hondo and PTSI in Upper Calarian. Her team composed of facilitators, process observers and documenters who were mostly health care practitioners or community services providers.

The activity is a form of healing and unloading of sentiments, said Climaco, who is a guidance counselor and a teacher by profession. The participants who are mostly  IDP leaders, are encouraged to share their thoughts on 3 questions – almost a year after the September 9 siege, what are their feelings; what are their hopes and aspirations and what gives them hope?

The activity kicked off at the grandstand August 30 specifically at Zones A and B while Zones C and D were covered August 31. On September 1, the mayor and team proceeded to the Tulungatung transitory site while on Sept. 3 the group engaged with IDPs in Taluksangay and Mampang.   The transitory sites in Rio Hondo and PTSI in Upper Calarian were covered Sept. 4.

Prior to processing, the IDPs were given updates on housing and other issues concerning rehabilitation by Rodrigo Pagotaisidro, City Housing and Land Management Division Chief.

For spiritual guidance, the participants to the camp dialogues were addressed by Sheik Khadraji Tapsi, Ameer (leader) of Sabiel Al-Muhktadeen and ESPERANZA president Gen. Sukarno Ikbala.

The facilitators and process observers were personnel from the Western Mindanao Command, Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Western Mindanao State University and City Social Welfare and Development office while personnel from the City Mayor’s Office acted as documenters.

The processing group plans to continue the camp dialogues regularly to help surface negative feelings or emotions to facilitate healing and to make proper referral to specialists after going through proper psychosocial processing.

Last August 23, the mayor also engaged with barangay officials, purok leaders and barangay tanods from the 6 villages affected by the siege. — Sheila Covarrubias