DSWD, IOM turn over 700 recovery shelters for IDPs PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 July 2015 11:22

by Sheila Covarrubias

Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman and International Organization for Migration (IOM) Chief of Mission Marco Basso on Monday formally turned over to internally displaced persons (IDPs) through Mayor Beng Climaco, 700 recovery shelters with sanitation facilities and boardwalks.

Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas assisted in the ceremonial handover of the shelters during a program held at the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) in Zone 4 attended by IDPs from the Kasanyangan Transitory site where 292 of the recovery shelters are located.

Four hundred (400) of the recovery shelters are in Masepla 3 in Mampang TS and 8 are located at the Philippine Tuberculosis Society Inc. (PTSI) property in Upper Calarian.

In a briefing of the IOM-DSWD project, Conrado Navidad, IOM National Programme Officer said the 700 recovery shelters cost the DSWD a total of P73.9million with the IOM as implementer of the project.

All these shelters are completed and occupied by IDPs, mostly from the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex or grandstand. “We thank the City Government and the DSWD for the opportunity to serve the IDPs and the people of Zamboanga,” Navidad said.

Sec. Soliman assured that the national government is continuously coordinating with the local government for the welfare and interest of families affected by the 2013 siege.

She hailed the affected families and the entire city of Zamboanga for their resiliency and hard work even if the journey to building back better is a tough challenge. “Nais naming ipaalam sa inyo na kasama namin kayo sa daan patungo sa build back better Zamboanga.”

Mayor Climaco expressed continuous gratitude to Secretaries Roxas and Soliman and most especially to President Aquino for all the support since the start of the siege until the humanitarian crisis and the recovery and rehabilitation phases. She likewise thanked the humanitarian partners, barangay officials and all stakeholders for the efforts and their contributions for the wellbeing of the IDPs.

For his part, Sec. Roxas recalled the difficult times during the siege and its effects to the city of Zamboanga.

He also assured the IDPs and the City Government officials led by Mayor Climaco that the national government remains fully committed to help the city fully recover from the devastations wrought by the siege. “Walang iwanan, we are our brothers’ keeper.”

District II Cong. Lilia Nuño who was also present during the program, likewise thanked all the agencies- both in government and non-government and the humanitarian partners for their dedication to help the city to recover from the siege.

Cong. Nuño and her husband Taluksangay Barangay Chair Abdurahman Nuño are hosting IDPs from Arena Blanco,Mariki, Sta. Catalina and Rio Hondo by allowing the establishment of a transitory site in the barangay.

The Taluksangay TS houses 375 families of which 200 have been given permanent houses on stilts recently.

Prior to the turnover, Mayor Climaco with some members of the City Council and the Early Recovery Sector leads and co-leads ushered  Secretaries Roxas and Soliman to a site inspection and walk through visit to the transitory site in Kasanyangan, which is also set to be a permanent  resettlement area for over 3,000 IDPs. — Sheila Covarrubias