IDPs urged to stay vigilant vs threats in transitory sites PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 12 March 2016 13:47

By DOMINIC I. SANCHEZ

Internally-displaced persons (IDPs) from the 2013 siege currently staying in the transitory sites have been reminded to exercise vigilance amidst any possible threats to their security.

“Makialam, makisali sa mga gawaing pangkapayapaan para sa ikabubuti ng nakakarami (Be vigilant and join in peacekeeping efforts for everyone’s security.),” Philippine Army and Task Force Zamboanga’s Capt. Marvin Ligutan said during several camp dialogues with the IDPs conducted this week.

Ligutan pointed out that the infamous siege happened because many residents in the conflict-affected areas, in spite of having initial information about the presence of the rebels, have not informed the authorities.

“Nasunog ang mga bahay niyo, maraming namatay at maraming nadamay (Your homes were burned down, many died and many of you were affected.),” he emphasized.

He told the IDPs this time to be “fearless,” with regard to reporting suspicious persons and activities.

“Huwag na kayong matakot i-report ang mga yan sa amin o sa ating kapulisan (Do not anymore be afraid to report them to us or to the police.),” he said.

Ligutan stressed that the military and police need everyone’s support and concern to maintain peace in the city.

The fourth leg of information caravans with IDPs, now called camp dialogues kicked off early this month. So far, it had already visited transitory sites in Mampang, Buggoc, and in Upper Calarian. The dialogues’ primary goal is to update the IDPs with rehabilitation efforts regarding the status of their new homes under the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R), as well as other important developments such as the El Niño phenomenon, livelihood, security and health interventions, among others.

The dialogues also serve as a feedback mechanism wherein the IDPs can personally air their problems to the government and other service providers such as lack of water, electricity, livelihood and other issues.

These dialogues are a joint effort of the City Government Public Information Office (PIO), the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), and various international humanitarian agencies including The Asia Foundation, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNHCR), International Organization for Migration (IOM), Community and Family Services International (CFSI), United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA), and the Integrated Resource Development for Tri-People (IRDT). (FPG/DIS/PIA9-Zamboanga City)