Dr. Apolinario denies ghost IDPs at Masepla PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 March 2016 13:25

Assistant City Administrator Dr. Elmeir Apolinario categorically denied yesterday the allegation of certain quarters about the existence of alleged non-existent internally displaced persons or ghost IDPs at Masepla transitory site in Mampang.

Dr. Apolinario, who heads the temporary shelter cluster of the city’s recovery and reconstruction project, said all IDPs as a result of the Zamboanga siege in 2013 have been properly identified and tagged.

“I have not encountered ghost IDPs because we all have tagged them,” Apolinario declared at the press briefing Monday in City Hall.

He surmised that some people might have been referring to the untagged “IDPs”—these are the people who went to the transitory sites and faked themselves as IDPs, probably to take advantage of the relief goods and assistance given to the tagged IDPs.

Just the same, he said these untagged families, mostly from Sama Badjao and Sama Banguingui tribes, were validated and will have their own permanent housing units to be constructed by an Australian agency in partnership with the Archdiocese of Zamboanga.

According to him, the Archdiocese through its Zamboanga Shelter Durable Solutions Project Coodinator Maria Paz Galvan will construct 400 permanent houses at Kapok coastal site for the untagged IDPs.— Vic Larato