Report not true that 60 families returned to JFE PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 January 2015 12:00

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Wednesday said that it is no true that some 60 Sama-Badjao families fled the Masepla transitory site in Mampang and returned to the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Complex due to their alleged deplorable condition in the area.

The Masepla transitory site is one of the eight transitional shelters for the evacuees who lost their homes during the Sept. 2013 siege.

DSWD-Field Office IX Director Zenaida Arevalo said there was an incident involving 17 fishermen who were caught engaging in illegal fishing on December 31 and were taken custody by the Maritime Police.  Reports confirmed that the fishermen are IDPs who are staying at Masepla transitory site.

However, Arevalo said the fishermen and their families were mistakenly reported to have returned to the grandstand.

She explained that the Maritime police station is located meters away from the grandstand, the reason why they were mistakenly reported to have fled from the transitory site.

Arevalo added that DSWD and the City Government of Zamboanga are continuously assisting affected families of the 2013 Zamboanga siege, including those fishermen who are still under the custody of Maritime Police.

To date, some 184 transitional units with 2,578 rooms have been constructed and are already being occupied by IDPs. These are located at the JFE grandstand, Tulungatung, Taluksangay, Rio Hondo, Upper Calarian, and Mampang.

As part of its continuing assistance to the IDPs, DSWD will be delivering 33 water tanks to the site to address the lack of water supply there.