UNICEF, City forge pact for joint work plan PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 March 2015 16:03

In a fitting ceremony last Friday, the UNICEF and the City Government forged a memorandum of understanding formalizing the implementation of the Zamboanga Workplan, developed to provide coordinated, strategic planning for UNICEF’s emergency and development programming in the city in 2015-2016.

Spearheaded by Mayor Beng Climaco and UNICEF Country Director Lota Sylwonder, the signing ceremony held at the City Hall conference room formalized the agreements reached during a series of joint panning workshop finalized last February 23-24  that covered sectors of nutrition and health, Water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH), Child Protection, Education and Adolescents engagement.

The geographic focus of the workplans are the 6 barangays hosting internally displaced persons with programming to cover both the IDPs and the host communities. Particular emphasis is given to the grandstand and Masepla, Mampang transitor sites as the most challenging locations. 10 additional barangays in the city with the highest malnutrition rates will be supported if funding allows.

The plan recognizes the high levels of vulnerability experienced by the IDPs who continue to live in evacuation centers and transition sites and that Zamboanga City is a “priority LGU” under the 2012-2016 country plan. The desired result is a better coordinated and more effective suite of interventions in 2015 to use scare financial and human resources to best effect.

The UNICEF office was established in Zamboanga in October 2013 to respond to the Zamboanga crisis. It has been conscientious in reviewing and planning its engagement in Zamboanga in 2014-2015. The review and planning saw the need for the development of the workplan that covers the period Feb. 2015-Dec. 2016.

It was also last October when the UNICEF Philippines successfully advocated for the transfer of the $1 million to be transferred from the fully funded Haiyan response to the underfunded Zamboanga response.

Meanwhile, according to the UNICEF, the workplans have an interest to provide support to the various city government mechanisms that improve its ability to protect children, promote their development and increase their participation. — Sheila Covarrubias