UNHCR’s QIP gives banca to Mampang coastal settlement PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 September 2016 11:49

In fulfilment of its quick impact project (QIP) for Zamboanga internally displaced persons (IDPs), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) the other day turned over a huge outrigger boat to the Leha-leha community in Mampang.

The watercraft is intended to transport children to school located in the mainland and other purposes especially during emergency situations.

Leha-leha is an island sitio in Mampang and is inhabited by more or less 150 families, who were all affected by the 2013 siege. In the aftermath of the siege, the families were evacuated to transitory sites and later returned to Leha-leha but on a temporary basis.

The turnover of the watercraft was held Thursday morning in Leha-leha in the presence of officials from the Mampang barangay Council, Coast guard and the Philippine Army’s Alpha Company personnel.

The school children are enrolled either in Tictabon or Mampang elementary schools and the lack of water crafts hinder their studies.

The assistance from the UNHCR is being provided despite the fact that the agency has no physical presence in the city. Prior to the deactivation of the Zamboanga office early this year, the UNHCR also donated a board walk and solar drier facilities to the IDP-community in Simariki and another solar drier project to Layag-layag and Leha-leha.  All these projects were constructed by the community members themselves.

The UNHCR continues monitoring activities and updating of protection concerns and issues affecting the IDPs in the city. — Sheila Covarrubias