Climaco wants Masepla road rehab a priority PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 03 July 2015 13:51

by JASMINE MOHAMMADSALI

 

Citing the critical need to deliver services to IDP communities, Mayor Beng Climaco pressed members of the Early Recovery Coordination (ERC) team to explore and exhaust all efforts to rehabilitate and improve the condition of the roads leading to the transitory sites in Masepla.

Meeting with the heads and representatives of recovery sectors and humanitarian organizations Thursday morning, July 2, Climaco said the access roads to Masepla are critical in ensuring regular and consistent delivery of services to the IDP communities in the area whose approximately 7,214 population rely on service trucks and fleets for their basic needs.

According to feedback and reports, the recent spate of heavy rainfalls have eroded the roads to Masepla which were initially graveled by the local government for the purpose of providing IDP communities with easier access to and from schools, health facilities, markets, and areas of livelihood.

This has made the delivery of services by both local government workers and humanitarian aid teams to the area tough and difficult.

Climaco also highlighted the importance of access roads relative the implementation of the components of the Z3R plan, which is hinged upon the local government’s ability to reach IDPs and provide for their needs in recovery shelters as they await completion of permanent shelters.

In compliance with humanitarian and international law, no movement of IDPs will be done unless basic services and utilities are in place in recovery shelter sites.

The Mayor convened the ERC at City Hall to discuss and evaluate the state of the rehabilitation plans for IDPs, and thresh out issues and concerns. Among the concerns, issues, and action points highlighted in the meeting were fast-tracking the utilization of the Php 50 M bridging fund to cover utilities expenses, the timelines for the permanent shelter projects under the Z3R and the closure of the Grandstand evacuation, and the opening of learning centers in recovery shelters.

As this developed, Climaco also lauded members of the health sector for the success of its interventions in tamping down mortality cases in transitory sites.

For the month of June, the health sector recorded one death due to congestive heart failure, bringing the cumulative number of deaths in evacuation and transitory sites since September 2013 to 248.

The chief executive, however, clamored for a more aggressive health campaign to completely cut down mortality incidences in transitory sites as every life is important.

As of June 2015, there remains a total of 3,030 families – approximately 17,023 individuals – residing in the Grandstand evacuation center and in the 10 transitory sites in the City.

On Monday, July 13, Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman is scheduled to fly to the city to meet with local officials for recovery and rehabilitation updates. Soliman will also lead the turnover of 700 temporary shelter with International Organization for Migration (IOM) Philippines Chief of Mission Marco Boasso. — Jasmine Mohammadsali