Profiling on for District 1 home-based evacuees PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 14:18

Profiling of home-based internally displaced persons have resumed October 6-10, this time covering District I barangays.

Covered in the profiling activity are home-based IDPs temporarily residing in Ayala, Recodo, Sinunuc, Calarian, San Jose Gusu, Sta. Maria, San Jose and Tumaga. Concerned IDPs are asked to proceed to the Sta. Maria Central Elementary School or the Recodo Covered court for registration.

The activity however, may be extended even after Oct. 10 if there are still IDPs who submit themselves for profiling.

Spearheaded by the Protection cluster under the Rehabilitation Coordination Structure, the profiling of IDPs in District I is the third of a series of such activities. The first covered those temporarily residing in barangay Baliwasan and Tetuan district from August 4-6 and the second profiling activity covered those temporarily residing in barangays Sta. Barbara and Sta. Catalina from Sept. 22-16. Verification for those registered in the said areas are ongoing.

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. — Sheila Covarrubias