UN Rapporteur for IDPs visits Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 July 2015 11:00

In his official visit to the City Wednesday afternoon, UN Special Rapporteur for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Chaloka Beyani acknowledged the ongoing rehabilitation and early recovery efforts being undertaken by the local government.

“So far, I see people who are working with commitment to resolve the issues,” he said in an interview following the special Local Inter-Agency Council (LIAC) meeting Wednesday afternoon at Centro Latino.

Beyani visited the different transitory sites in the City to investigate and assess the situation of the IDP communities in temporary shelters while awaiting their return to their permanent homes.

While he has yet to complete his assessment rounds and reports, the UN Rapporteur acknowledged the efforts and initiatives that are currently in place which provide for both temporary and permanent solutions for the needs of IDPs.

“Construction work is going as it should. It shows there is planning in early recovery efforts, and adequate arrangements are being met, which should resolve the issue of IDPs in the near future,” he said.

He, however, pressed for immediate action to improve the living condition of IDPs who recently moved to Lupa-Lupa from the Grandstand.

“The major recommendation is to immediately improve the conditions of the IDPs who have gone there from the Grandstand. I think that is quite critical. Obviously, the place is where they have been. I think they are happy to be in the place where they have been but it is important that in doing so, the protection and assistance needs available to them ultimately should not be linked to their original situation of displacement,” he said.

Among the things Beyani cited as critical in securing the welfare of IDPs and in moving forward were the implementation of durable solutions, particularly housing, livelihood and access to needs and services, and coordination between the local government and the national government.

As Special Rapporteur for IDPs, Beyani is on an official visit to the Philippines from July 21 – 31 to look into the situation of IDPs in different regions which were affected by natural and man-made calamities, particularly in Maguindanao, Tacloban, South Cotabato, and Zamboanga City.

In a press release from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Beyani said his visit to the Philippines “presents a unique opportunity to consult with the national authorities and other stakeholders on progress in confronting recent and long-standing displacement challenges, remaining obstacles and efforts to ensure appropriate and durable solutions for all IDPs”.

For his Zamboanga visit, Beyani will going to different transitory sites to assess the situation of IDPs, monitor compliance of rehabilitation efforts to international sphere standards, and provide recommendations and insights for moving forward to the local government. — Jasmine Mohammadsali