Community consultation engages IDPs PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 08 July 2016 13:17

By JASMINE MOHAMMADSALI

Members of the Communications Working Group (CWG) along with representatives of government agencies engaged with internally displaced persons (IDPs) of the Masepla transitory site yesterday morning, July 7, continuing the tradition of face-to-face dialogue between the local government and families affected by the 2013 siege.

Dubbed Community Consultations in Transitory Sites, the activity is a regular monthly meeting between IDP leaders and members of the local government, the barangay, and other national government agencies to discuss issues relevant the concerns of IDPs.

For its second meeting, the consultation gathered leaders from the three Masepla sites to discuss matters on education, particularly on the opening and operations of the Masepla Annex, by the Department of Education, the ongoing housing projects by the Housing and Land Management Division of the local government, and the drug campaign by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

Also present were representatives from the local police, Task Force Zamboanga, and the barangay who discussed safety and security concerns, and the International Organization for Migration for an overview of the future projects for the community.

The community consultation forms part of the continuing efforts of the CWG and the local government through its Public Information Office (PIO) to provide timely and relevant information, and to access feedback from IDPs regarding their needs and sentiments.

To date, it is currently being implemented at the Masepla transitory site once a month, with plans to replicate the same in other transitory sites. The first consultation was held last June, specifically to discuss the gastroenteritis outbreak.

The activity is jointly organized by the CWG/PIO, the Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) cluster, and the International Organization for Migration. — Jasmine Mohammadsali