DSWD completes 42 more bunkhouses in Masepla PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 11:41

Additional temporary shelters and bunkhouses for internally displaced persons (IDPs) were turned over yesterday afternoon, December 16, in line with the ongoing rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts of both national and local government.

Forty units of bunkhouses-on-stilts with facilities and 32 units single detached core, constructed by the 52nd Engineering Brigade through a partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), were officially turned over in a simultaneous ceremony at Masepla, Mampang.

Gracing the ceremony were DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman and City Mayor Beng Climaco, together with the members of the 52nd Engineering Brigade under the leadership of Lieutenant Colonel Arnel Fernandez.

At least 80% of the workforce of the Engineering Brigade who undertook the construction of the 72 shelter projects, noted Fernandez, were former MNLF integrees.

Soliman, who was in the City for a comprehensive meeting with local officials regarding the status of the rehabilitation, assured the IDPs in Masepla that construction of permanent housing is ongoing, and that their stay in the transitory sites will only be temporary.

“Ito ay pansamantala o temporaryo lang. Alam ninyo na kayo ay babalik sa dati ninyong tinitirhan, Rio Hondo man yon, Mariki man yon, ano man ang dati ninyong barangay noong panahon bago magkaroon ng paglusob sa ating ciudad,” emphasized Soliman.

“Kasama ninyo kame hanggang makabalik kayo sa mga dati ninyong lugar sa mas maayos, mas maganda, at mas maunlad na Rio Hondo at Mariki,” she said.

The construction of additional bunkhouses is a response to the need for more temporary shelters to house the IDPs still  sheltered at the Sports Complex which remains, to date, the largest evacuation center for IDPs.

The target date for the transfer of all IDPs from Grandstand was initially set for December 15, but as not all temporary shelters were completed, a new target date has been set on January 30, 2015.

Soliman said that there is enough space in the Masepla site to shelter at least 1,100 families from Grandstand and efforts to construct additional shelters, including 400 shelters in the proposed Masepla III site, are being pursued simultaneously with the construction of permanent shelters.

Another site will be secured for the rest of the families who cannot be accommodated in Masepla, she added.

Climaco expressed her gratitude to the Engineering Brigade, the DSWD, and the host community of Mampang for their continued support to the Build Back Better endeavor of the local government. She also  enjoined IDP families currently sheltered in Masepla to cooperate with their host community in the duration of their stay.

“Bilang mga temporary residents ng Mampang, tulungan po natin ang community ng Masepla. Magcooperate tayo sa mga families na nandito,” she said. — Jasmine Mohammadsali