Beng visits transitory sites PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 09 April 2016 15:09

By JASMINE MOHAMMADSALI

Mayor Beng Climaco dropped by the two transitory sites yesterday morning to personally take stock on the needs, issues, and concerns of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in those areas.

Amid the scorching sun, the chief executive made her rounds of the transitory sites at Masepla in Mampang, where she huddled and talked to the IDP families regarding their needs and concerns.

She also met with the local government and humanitarian workers serving on the ground to discusspressing issues and status reports.

After Masepla, the mayor then made her way to the Mariki transitory site to likewise meet and talk with families residing in the area.

Climaco, in her inspection sorties, noted the need to institute sanitation measures to clean up the transitory sites. This, along with other issues, was immediately brought by the mayor to the Early Recovery Cluster meeting, which was convened later at the City Hall.

During the meeting, the mayor tasked the heads of the different clusters, particularly Dr. Elmeir Apolinario for temporary shelter, Dr. Rodelin Agbulos for health and WASH, and CSWDO Head Socorro Rojas for camp coordination and camp management, to take immediate action and implement strategies for sanitation.

Accompanying the mayor were some early recovery cluster heads, and Spanish Ambassador to the Philippines Luis Calvo and other dignitaries.

Climaco assured IDPs of the city government’s commitment, its agencies, and its humanitarian partners to see to their needs at the transitory sites, and to ensure safe and better homes upon their return to their designated permanent homes.

According to the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), there remain1,330 families sheltered at the Masepla I, II, III sites, while 50 families are currently staying at the Mariki Elementary School, which serves as a temporary shelter site.— Jasmine Mohammadsali