Livelihood projects pursued to keep IDPs from street begging PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 07 November 2015 12:55

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

Mayor Beng Climaco and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Friday spearheaded the turnover of 100 boats (banca) and 3 docking sites to internally displaced persons at the Masepla transitory site in Mampang with the hope that they quit mendicancy.

Funded by the Canadian government and implemented by the IOM in partnership with the City Social Welfare and Development Office, City Agriculturist Office and the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the livelihood project is only one of the numerous assistance packages being provided to families affected by the 2013 siege.

Aided by a translator, Mayor Climaco told recipients of the human-powered boats, who were Badjaos, to make good use of the livelihood assistance to keep them busy and enable them to be self-sufficient.

“The City Government in collaboration with our humanitarian partners and other project implementers has provided livelihood assistance, shelter and education to our IDPs and we are saddened by the fact that some of them resort to begging on streets with their children,” the mayor said in an interview.

She called on IP leaders to be involved and help educate their members on the value of education and the risks in begging on streets, which is also a violation of the anti-mendicancy law. “I hope our IDPs will make proper use of these boats for their livelihood activities so that we will no longer see them begging on streets especially during the coming Christmas season.”

During round ups made by authorities, most of those found begging on streets are IDPs from Masepla recovery sites in Mampang.

The selection of beneficiaries for the livelihood assistance was based on the criteria set by the DSWD especially on the vulnerability index. The beneficiaries underwent trainings prior to turnover of the boats and the docking sites. The boats were constructed by the recipients themselves.  The project cost is over P1 million.

Also present during the turnover at Masepla Friday were representatives from UNHCR, UN-OCHA, CFSI, ACF, ICRC, FAO, ILO, CSWDO, City Agriculturist office and Mampang Barangay Council. — Sheila Covarrubias