Info Car visits Taluksangay, Rio Hondo IDPs PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 November 2014 13:44

The second wave of the Information Caravan series visited the transitory sites of Taluksangay and Rio Hondo Tuesday to give internally displaced persons (IDPs) the latest progress reports concerning the ongoing rehabilitation and recovery initiatives, as well as the assurance that the local government remains vigilant in ensuring that all interventions comply with standards and specifications.

Together with City Mayor Beng Climaco, a team representing the local officials and humanitarian partners who head the different rehabilitation and recovery clusters engaged with IDPs to discuss matters on temporary and permanent shelters, tagging, health, sanitation, and others.

The information sessions were capped by the open forum where concerns and questions on the status of permanent homes, water needs, and the implementation of sustainable livelihood support were put forward by the IDPs to the resource persons.

Meanwhile, Mayor Climaco enjoined IDPs to remain vigilant and to closely monitor the ongoing implementation of the components of the Z3R plan, even as she reported on the temporary halt in construction operations for the homes in Lustre and Mariki.

Recall, the Mayor ordered the suspension of the projects in Lustre and Mariki after discovering that the materials used in the construction of permanent housing units were below standards.

Climaco further assured the information caravan participants of the City Government’s commitment to building back better.

“Gusto namin na mabigyan kayo ng permanent na bahay. Ang permanent na bahay sa pananaw natin ay matibay, comportable, at kasya ang pamilya. Yan ang gusto natin, yan ang ating ide-demand,” she said.

The chief executive likewise lauded the IDPs in the Rio Hondo transitory site for successfully maintaining the cleanliness and orderliness of their area.

“I’d like to encourage you, to continue to be supportive of each other, continue to maintain sanitation, continue to be able to show each other that we have order,” she said.

Spearheaded by the City Government, through the Communications Working Group, local and national agencies, and humanitarian partners, the Information Caravan is a response to the need of IDPs to access accurate, critical and timely information regarding the ongoing rehabilitation efforts.

The first wave of information caravans was held from March to May 2014, covering all major evacuation centers and transitory sites in operations, as well as home-based IDPs.

For the second wave, the caravan will visit the recently opened Masepla, Buggoc, and the Paniran Silsillah transitory sites.

It will also revisit the Rio Hondo, Taluksangay, Tulungatung, and PTSI transitory sites, and the Joaquin Enriquez Sports Complex evacuation center this November. — Jasmine Mohammadsali