InfoCar caps third wave run PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 June 2015 10:41

The information caravan for internally-displaced persons (IDPs) made its final stop at Asinan, Kasanyangan Tuesday afternoon, capping off the two weeks of the information-cum-dialogue campaign which made its third wave run in all IDP transitory sites.

Some 200 IDPs joined the afternoon caravan which tackled the Code of Policies on Beneficiary Selection, specifically the awarding process of the housing units, the timeline of the different Z3R projects, and the vulnerability criteria and grievance mechanism for IDPs.

The third wave of information caravan was spearheaded by the Communications Working Group (CWG) with assistance from the USAID-The Asia Foundation. The third wave visited nine areas and touched base with around 3000 IDPs in transitory sites as well as home-based IDPs from the East and West coast clusters.

Spearheaded during the first two weeks of June, the caravan visited the transitory sites in Masepla in Mampang, Taluksangay, Tulungatung, PTSI, Rio Hondo, Buggoc, Silsillah, and Asinan.

Sessions for home-based IDPs were held separately at the Zamboanga State College of Marine Science and Technology (ZSCMST) and Centro Latino for the home-based IDPS of the East Coast and West Coast clusters, respectively.

City Housing and Land Management head Rodrigo Pagotaisidro served as the primary resource person for the information initiative and presented to participating IDPs the different housing development plans of off-site and on-site housing projects, the selection process which utilizes the vulnerability criteria and community consensus, and other matters regarding the ongoing housing programs of the Z3R plan.

The information caravan also facilitated the open forum for IDPs to field questions on various issues and concerns.

The information caravan is an initiative of the CWG to counter and combat misinformation through the provision of timely and relevant data and progress reports.

Initiated sometime last year, three information caravan waves have been conducted in all major transitory and evacuation sites to tackle concerns and development milestones in the City’s recovery and rehabilitation efforts. — Jasmine Mohammadsali