Masepla TS playground unveiled PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 05 December 2015 14:10

The Community and Family Services International (CFSI), a humanitarian organization, officially launched Friday the Mampang TS playground at the Masepla 2 transitory site as part of the Zamboanga Recovery project.

Conveniently located near the Mampang Elementary School-Annex and the Child Friendly Space at Masepla 2 TS, the playground consists of slides, swings, monkey bars and seasaws and will cater to the over 300 children residing in the area. The facility’s construction was facilitated by the CFSI with funding support from the Australian government.

The playground is set up at the property lent by Alan Estrada of Mampang.

Anne Orquiza, Portfolio Manager for Disaster Risk Reduction and Humanitarian in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian Embassy together with Neil Sison, CFSI Deputy Executive Director and Vladimir Hernandez, CFSI Director for Philippine Program spearheaded the launching activity Friday morning.  Other guests present were representatives from the humanitarian community, local government and the Masepla 2 TS community.

The Masepla, Mampang transitory site is currently the biggest temporary shelter for families affected by the 2013 siege covering 3 sites – Masepla 1, Masepla 2 and Masepla 3. Over 800 children are enrolled at the Mampang Elementary School annex established inside the transitory site.

Of the over 800 school-aged children in Masepla, over 300 are residing in Masepla 2 while the others are spread out in Masepla 1 and 3. Masepla I and 3 children share a playground set up in Masepla 1 by the UNICEF.  — Sheila Covarrubias