Dinky meets LIAC on rehab timeline PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 11:41

Social Welfare Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman yesterday met with the Local Inter-agency Committee headed by Mayor Beng Climaco to discuss the new timeline that will be followed in the movement of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from evacuation centers to transitory sites.

Soliman visited the city Tuesday to look into the progress of recovery and rehabilitation efforts for families affected by the 2013 siege. Aside from meeting with LIAC, she also graced the turnover of 40 bunkhouses on stilts and 32 detached core shelters at the Masepla transitory site in Mampang.

Based on the report of DSWD Regional Director Zenaida Arevalo, 1,500 families or a total of 8,567 individuals remain in the evacuation centers specifically grandstand to include those in the bunkhouses constructed thereat, as of December 15.

The DSWD has set target dates for movement of IDPs to the transitory sites depending however on the completion of temporary shelters and facilities like water and power and toilets. The gap on temporary shelter is expected to be resolved by January 30.

From April to December 15, a total of 46 families availed of DSWD’s Balik Probinsya program where they were given transportation allowance and or fuel for bancas to return to their provinces of origin; 753 families availed of the Balik Barangay Program with transportation allowance and food packs; 348 families are availing of the house rental program where they are provided with a house rental fee of P2,000 a month until December while 1,265 families have availed of the DSWD’s P5,000 assistance for labor under the National Housing Authority’s Home Material Assistance Program (HOMA).

In the meantime, Sec. Soliman promised to follow up with Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson and other national government agencies various requests of the city to include the need for a third party monitoring of the ongoing infrastructure projects, the provision of ambulance for Masepla TS and several others.

Other developments in other aspects of recovery and rehabilitation to include health, livelihood, gender-based violence and violence against women and children response including issues on compliance with standards and other human rights issues were also tackled and clarified.

Secretary Soliman said she and Sec. Singson are in constant touch and monitoring the progress of the efforts in the City. “We remain committed to support the local government in its build back better work and we know that we are moving very steadily into the build back better situation.”

Mayor Climaco for her part thanked Sec. Soliman and the DSWD as well as the humanitarian organizations for their continuous support and assistance to the city in its vision to  build back a better Zamboanga.

The meeting held at the City Hall conference room was also attended by the different cluster heads, representatives from other national agencies as well as humanitarian partners. — Sheila Covarrubias