CSWDO takes over camp mgt responsibilities from DSWD PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 27 April 2015 13:34

Nineteen months after the 2013 siege, the City Government through the City Social Welfare and Development Office takes over the responsibility of camp coordination and camp management (CCCM) in transitory sites from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

DSWD Assistant Secretary Vilma Cabrera on Friday, April 24, formally handed over to the CSWDO through Mayor Beng Climaco, CCCM duties and responsibilities in the 10 transitory sites and remaining evacuation center in the grandstand where 3,156 families out of the initial 118,000 families, are housed.

But ASEC Cabrera committed to continue technical and humanitarian support to the city to ensure the full recovery and rehabilitation of the families displaced by the 2013 siege.

As of April 24, the DSWD has spent a total of P526 million for technical, financial and commodity support starting from the beginning of the Zamboanga response. The amount does not include the assistance and support augmented by the humanitarian organizations, mostly funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and other countries.

Mayor Climaco expressed gratitude to the DSWD and the humanitarian organizations for the continuous support stressing that with the magnitude of the crisis resulting from the 2013 siege, city government resources would not have been sufficient to support the needs of the IDPs.

DSWD-9 director Zenaida Arevalo said the situation in recovery or transitory sites including at the only evacuation center in the grandstand have improved as compared to the initial state of the crisis.

From over 118,000 families who were temporarily sheltered in evacuation centers, the number has dwindled to only 3,156 families. Some have returned to their original places and permanent homes, some have availed of the home material assistance while the others have availed of the DSWD’s programs such as the Balik Probinsya or Balik Barangay and even the P2,000 a month per family rent a house program.

City Social Welfare Officer Sokee Rojas said her office is ready, willing and able to take over the duties and responsibilities of camp coordination and camp management at this stage. She said the CSWDO will be assisted on the ground by camp managers hired through the job order scheme.

On the day of the handover of the CCCM activities to the City Government, the DSWD also turned over 400 single detached recovery shelters it funded for construction by the International Organization and Migration (IOM) in Masepla, Mampang.  The 400 recovery shelters comprise the Masepla transitory site 3. — Sheila Covarrubias