Slow but sure transfer of IDPs PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 March 2015 14:04

Transfer of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from the grandstand and other evacuation centers to transitory sites gradually continue, as the City Government and other agencies exhaust all means to efficiently and effectively respond to the needs of families displaced by the 2013 siege.

Assistant City Administrator Elmeir Apolinario, Temporary Shelter Cluster head disclosed that most of the families staying at the grandstand have expressed willingness to move to the Masepla transitory site following series of social preparations and look-see visits to the area.

However, the transfer has to be gradually, as various requirements have to be met to include the structures, utilities and other amenities, according to Apolinario. “Transfer of IDPs is ongoing, as we find ways and means to meet all the requirements [prior to transfer].”

At present, Masepla 1 has 70 bunkhouses of which 18 are not yet energized while 10 are ongoing construction; Masepla 2 has 300 single detached houses of which 104 are occupied and energized with the use of 2 generator sets while 196 are ongoing construction.   Masepla 3 on the other hand, has 400 single detached houses of which 40 are still unoccupied but with electrical connections while 360 are ongoing construction.

The transitory site has water and various comfort room cubicles.

Apolinario said issues concerning light and water connections in the different transitory sites will soon be resolved as the  city’s request for P50 million to the Department of Public Works and Highways and Department of National Defense has already been endorsed to Malacañang for approval.

The amount, once approved by Malacañang will be downloaded through the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Based on records from the Camp Coordination and Camp Management cluster, a total of 983 families with 5,856 individuals remain in evacuation centers at the Grandstand and the Zamboanga East Central School. — Sheila Covarrubias