Decongestion of evacuation centers pursued PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 09 December 2014 13:43

City Planning and Development Officer and concurrent rehabilitation cluster head Engr Rodrigo Sicat expressed optimism that some displaced families living at the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex can be moved to the different transitory sites.

“Towards the end of this year, we expect movement of the IDPs (internally displaced persons) from the grandstand to Masepla,” Sicat told members of the local media during the regular press briefing at City Hall yesterday.

According to the planning officer, Masepla already has around 300 housing units ready for occupancy.

By January next year, Sicat expects an estimated 600 housing units would be completed in Mariki.

“We expect the Mariki project to be expedited because we know that the IDPs at the evacuation centers are predominantly from Mariki and Rio Hondo,” he explained.

Sicat admitted that during an information caravan held at the grandstand last Saturday, some IDPs have voiced their opposition to their impending transfer, citing distance as a primary reason for their disagreement.

“They were made to understand that, parallel with the transfer, is the provision of livelihood of which the city together with the UNDP and other humanitarian agencies are coming up with a livelihood and economic livelihood plan,” he stated.

Apart from what the Z3R (Zamboanga Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction) is pursuing, Sicat shared, the city is also embarking on a project with UN Habitat where the latter will assist in the form of capacity building and technical assistance for the total recovery and reconstruction of the whole Zamboanga, including parts of the city not directly affected by last year’s siege. — Claudine Uniana