Beng dialogues with grandstand IDPs PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 14:16

As part of the social preparation prior to transfer to transitory sites, Mayor Beng Climaco on Monday afternoon dialogued with internally displaced persons (IDPs) staying at the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex as they gear for movement to Masepla.

Over 100 IDP leaders representing the different zones in the complex were given the opportunity to air sentiments concerning the move to transfer IDPs from the grandstand to transitory sites as the city government together with national agencies and humanitarian organizations steer the recovery phase and respond to the needs of those displaced.

Mayor Climaco explained that the transfer to transitory sites is necessary as living conditions in the grandstand complex has become risky.

Nevertheless, she said the transfer will take place only after social preparations and when the transfer sites are ready in terms of temporary shelter structures, water, light and other amenities.

Apparently, most of those remaining at the grandstand are house sharers and renters and those with no tags.

Understanding the government’s stand on the issue, house owners have committed to help explain to house sharers, renters and those without tags the benefits they can get when they transfer to temporary shelters.

Assisting the Mayor Climaco during were representatives from the City Social Welfare and Development Office, Department of Social Welfare and Development, humanitarian partners like International Organization for Migration (IOM) and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) among others.

As this developed, IDP movement from the grandstand to the Masepla transitory site and other temporary shelters continue this week following the necessary procedures that include social preparations and look-see visits to transfer sites. — Sheila Covarrubias