Evacuees movement at JFEMSC continues daily PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 17 July 2015 14:02

by Vic Larato

The city government has decided to delay anew but only until tomorrow the full shut down of the Joaquin F. Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex in Baliwasan even as movements of some internally displaced persons (IDPs) continue every day.

“There are movements every day. The IDPs themselves are already willing to move out of the Grandstand and to resettle in transitory sites,” said Dr. Elmeir Apolinario, department head of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO).

However, he said not all IDP-families can be moved out of the Grandstand yet because some of the temporary shelters intended for them in Rio Hondo were not complete as of July 16, the date earlier set for the final and full shut down of the grandstand in preparation for its total overhaul.

“But, definitely the shelters will be completed and ready for occupancy on Saturday (tomorrow). So, we can already fully close the Grandstand down on Saturday as well,” Apolinario said.

As of last count, there were 391 families or 2,340 IDPs yet occupying four evacuation centers (Zone A, B, C & D) inside the sports complex.

Of the total number, 110 families have already transferred to their permanent shelters-on-stilts in Mariki, 54 in Kasanyangan, 26 at PTSI Transitory Site in Upper Calarian, 3 at Silsilah, 7 at RCAZ, 45 in Sitio Buggoc, Sta. Catalina, 11 at Masepla 1 in Mampang and 4 at Masepla 3, also in Mampang.

By Saturday, all these families left inside the Grandstand can already be relocated to their designated temporary or permanent shelters of their choice.

To recall, the full shut down of the Grandstand was originally scheduled June 30, this year but was later moved to July 16 due problems at the transitory sites.

Apolinario, who also heads the permanent shelter cluster, said the city government together with its UN partners exerted efforts to address these problems like water and electricity connections to the temporary shelters.

In the meantime, the City Social Welfare and Development Office continued to conduct series of social preparations for the IDPs before they can be actually moved out of the Grandstand, willingly and voluntarily.

To date, Apolinario said all families or IDPs inside the Grandstand are already willing to move out, pending completion of their temporary shelters while most of them have in fact transferred to their chosen shelters in different transitory sites. — Vic Larato