2nd wave of info car for IDPs kicks off in Mampang TS PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 October 2014 13:53

The second wave of information caravan for internally displaced persons (IDPs) kicked off at the Masepla, Mampang transitory site Tuesday, October 28 with the ultimate goal of meeting the information needs of people affected by the last year’s siege.

Mayor Beng Climaco personally leads engagements in a bid to thresh out issues and concerns affecting the IDPs staying in transitory sites, the evacuation centers and even the home-based IDPs. Other officials actively participating in the information caravan are rehabilitation cluster head Engr. Rodrigo Sicat, Engr. Glieza Caseres of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Housing Division Chief Rodrigo Pagotaisidro, Assistant City Health Officer Dr. Kibtiya Uddin and Assistant City Social Welfare Officer Neneng Bayan.

Representatives from other clusters under the Zamboanga Recovery and Rehabilitation Coordination Structure are also present during the series of information caravan to answer queries from the IDPs.

Organized by the Communications Working Group (CWG), co-led by the City Government’s information division and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the series of information fora is a follow-through of the 10 info caravan held  from March to May this year.

Yesterday, Oct. 29, the group was held at the Buggoc Transitory site in Kasanyangan. All the other transitory sites—Taluksangay, Tulungatung, PTSI, Rio Hondo, Paniran and grandstand will be covered in the coming days. Separate info caravans will also be scheduled at a later date for home-based IDPs and for those staying at Talon-Talon Elementeray School and the Zamboanga East-West Central School.

Among the talking points were health and livelihood issues as well as the status of the Zamboanga Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction, particularly matters involving temporary and permanent shelters, road packages and census/tagging.

As with the earlier info caravan, it aims to meet the information and communication needs of people affected by the siege as well as bridge communication gaps between the government/service providers and the IDPs by bringing all parties concerned in one forum where all issues and concerns will be properly ventilated. — Claudine Uniana