Info caravan visits grandstand IDPs PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 08 December 2014 12:09

The second wave of information caravan, initiated by the Communications Working Group (CWG) under the Zamboanga Rehabilitation Coordination Structure, visited internally displaced persons (IDPs) at the grandstand Saturday, December 6.

Intended to meet the communication and information needs of the IDPs, the information caravan showcased updates on the recovery and rehabilitation efforts undertaken in the 5 barangays hardest hit by the 2013 siege: Rio Hondo, Mariki, Sta. Barbara, Sta. Catalina and Kasanyangan.

Assistant City Health Officer Dr. Kibtiya Uddin discussed about health services for IDPs, Department of Social Welfare Regional Director Zenaida Arevalo and Assistant City Social Welfare Officer Leonida Bayan spoke about social services and livelihood activities, Engr. Reynaldo Bolay-og of the National Housing Authority tackled about the status of ongoing housing projects, City Planning and Development Officer Engr. Rodrigo Sicat explained about the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Re construction (Z3R) plan while Housing and Land Management Division Chief Rodrigo Pagotaisidro elucidated on tagging and census which are prerequisites for IDPs to avail of the housing units.

Also present to explain issues concerning water deliveries was Paul Molina from the Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD).

Focus of the discussion during the open forum was the move to transfer the IDPs in grandstand to transitory sites where it is safer and more comfortable the soonest possible time.

The speakers explained that the grandstand is not a residential area and is intended only to be an emergency evacuation center. Decongestion of the grandstand has to take place to prevent the spread of diseases and other health problems.

The grandstand remains the biggest evacuation center with over 2,000 families remaining. The government, along with humanitarian partners, is preparing the  Masepla transitory site in Mampang for the transfer of the IDPs from grandstand while waiting for the completion of the permanent  houses by the NHA.

For Masepla phase 2, a total of 182 out of the 300 single detached housing units are complete. The target of completion of the remaining 118 units is December 15. On the other hand, the 15 out of the 30 bunkhouses of 24 rooms each funded by the DSWD are ongoing with target completion date also Dec. 15. Another 14 single detached units are ongoing.

Funding requirements for the construction/concreting of right of way at Masepla and construction of elevated water tank (100,000 liters) and other temporary shelter needs are being looked into by the DSWD and Department of Public Works and Highways.

Meanwhile, for Masepla Phase III, 400 single detached housing units pre-fabricated forms for shelters are ongoing.

The information caravan is one of the numerous efforts undertaken by the CWG composed of the city’s Public Information Division, Public Information Agency, humanitarian organizations and other project implementers.

The second wave of information caravan has already covered the transitory sites in Masepla, Buggoc, Taluksangay, Rio Hondo, Tulungatung, PTSI in Upper Calarian and Paniran (Silsillah). It is intended to bridge the gap between the IDPs and project or program implementers. — Sheila Covarrubias

Last Updated on Monday, 08 December 2014 12:10