City ramps up actions on evacuees movement PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 13 July 2015 11:49

by Sheila covarrubias

The City government in coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and humanitarian partners are intensifying efforts to socially prepare internally displaced persons in transferring to either transitory shelters or permanent houses in light of the DSWD timeline set for the closure of the grandstand.

This, as majority of the IDPs, with the support of the barangay officials from Mariki and Rio Hondo, have voluntarily offered to move out of the grandstand on or before July 16.

Recovery Shelter Sector head Dr. Elmeir Apolinario said the City Government is coordinating efforts with all agencies concerned as well as barangay officials to ensure that the movement will be within the bounds of law.

The movement is taken place after the conduct of necessary social preparations and the preparations of physical structures to include light and water and sanitary facilities in the temporary shelters where they IDPs will be transferred.

Since last week, gradual IDP movement from the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex or grandstand has been taking place with the IDPs voluntarily wanting to transfer to better facilities.

Apolinario said with the city’s recent payment of back accounts on electricity in the amount of P8.2 million for power consumption in transitory sites, the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative is expected to fast track the connecting of light facilities in the transitory sites such as Masepla in Mampang and Kasanyangan.

DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman has highly recommended for the city government to target the middle of this month as the closure of the grandstand evacuation center to recovery shelters.

The closure of the grandstand will give way to the rehabilitation and repair of the facility which has been used as the biggest evacuation center at the height of the humanitarian crisis following the September 2013 siege. A little less than 400 IDP families remain at the grandstand as of this date.

In the meantime, the National Housing Authority (NHA) is also set to turnover more permanent houses built under the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R) in the days to come. — Sheila Covarrubias