Dec.15, grandstand is cleared — DSWD PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 07 September 2014 16:30

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Dinky Soliman on Friday assured that on or before December 15, 2014, evacuees or internally displaced persons (IDPs) living inside the Enriquez Sports Complex will get out of the place as the DSWD in coordination with the city government and National Housing Authority  (NHA) will transfer all of them to government-built housing in the different transitory sites.

“The national government and the City Government of Zamboanga would like to announce that on or before December 15 of this year all the IDPs temporarily sheltered inside the grandstand will already be transferred to government transitory sites particularly in Mampang and Sta. Catalina,” Secretary Soliman told reporters during a press briefing at City Hall on Friday.

Soliman was here in Zamboanga City last Friday during which she conferred with Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar on the status of  ongoing rehabilitation of IDPs especially the construction of more low-cost shelters in the different transitory sites.

The DSWD Secretary also assured the mayor that the incumbent administration of President Noynoy Aquino is committed in its support in the rehabilitation and recovery of Zamboanga City especially on the aspect of providing shelters to thousands of IDPs.

“The DSWD, NHA and other line-agencies of the national government are performing their best to fast track infrastructure projects and social services programs for our IDPs. “ Soliman stressed.

She added that aside from the support from the national government agencies the national government is also tapping help from abroad through private groups and other non-governmental organizations.

Currently, some IDPs especially those in the grandstand are employed in foreign-funded projects like Food for Work Program and Cash for Work Program.

For her part, Mayor Climaco expressed gratitude to the DSWD secretary for her commitment in helping in the implementation of the basic social services intended for the IDPs here in the city.

“Secretary Soliman is always committed to help Zamboanga City in its rehabilitation program.” Indeed, our beloved city is close to the heart of the secretary,” Climaco stressed.

Meanwhile, at least 49 more families from grandstand were already transferred to Masepla transitory site in Mampang  where the DSWD secretary visited and conducted ocular inspection of the said transitory site.

IDP families living along R. T. Lim Boulevard were already transferred to grandstand as the city government would like to clean the entire stretch of the boulevard from IDPs. — Jemuel E. Mojica/Emedia- news