Infocar dialogues engage IDPs PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 12 March 2016 13:44

By JASMINE MOHAMMADSALI

The fourth wave information caravan series dubbed Camp Dialogues touched base with internally displaced persons (IDPs) in three different transitory sites as part of its continuing objective to meet information and communication needs of IDPs regarding the ongoing recovery efforts.

Spearheaded by the City Government through the Communications Working Group (CWG) with support from the Asia Foundation, the Camp Dialogue team met with more than four hundred IDPs from Lupa-Lupa, Mariki, PTSI transitory site in Upper Calarian, and Rio Hondo for a face-to-face forum on matters concerning housing, social services, health, utilities, and other concerns.

Joining the Camp Dialogues are lead agencies for recovery efforts including the Housing and Land Management Division and the National Housing Authority for tagging and housing timelines, the City Social Welfare and Development Office for social services, Task Force Zamboanga for matters of security, the City Agriculturist’s Office for livelihood concerns, and the Department of Education for education-related issues.

Also present in the roster of resource panel are the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative and the Zamboanga City Water District for utilities, and the City Health Office, the City Environment and Natural Resources Office, the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office for advocacy sessions on sanitation, environment, and climate change.

The Camp Dialogue series is a continuation of the information caravans as part of the City Government’s efforts to provide relevant and updated information to IDPs regarding rehabilitation and recovery concerns.

The Camp Dialogue series puts particular emphasis in face-to-face engagement with its IDP audience, taking cues from questions collated from community surveys last February, and from the IDP themselves for the dialogue’s actual program.

The next stops of the Camp Dialogues will be held in Tulungatung (March 15), Kasanyangan (March 16), Taluksangay (March 17), and home-based IDPs at the Zamboanga City Coliseum (March 18).

The CWG is is a multi-sector group tasked with spearheading information campaigns and programs to coordinate and disseminate information on recovery and rehabilitation from the local government and its partners to the IDP communities, and to counteract misinformation. Convened on October 25, 2013, the CWG is composed of the City Government’s  Public Information Office, the Philippine Information Agency, the Humanitarian Country Team (UN Agencies and the Philippine International Non-Government Organizations or the PINGON), and local implementing partners. — Jasmine Mohammadsali