Australian envoy leads handover of shelters to IDPs Print
Friday, 02 March 2018 12:04

Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Amanda Gorely will lead the handover of permanent shelters to the internally displaced persons (IDPs) at Vale Vista, Kasanyangan village, the largest permanent resettlement site here.

The permanent housing project is under the Zamboanga Recovery Project (ZRP) funded by the Australian government in the amount of AuD 3 million (P102 million), and being implemented by the Community and Family Services International (CFSI) in partnership with the Catholic Relief Service (CRS), World Health Organization and other stakeholders from 2015 to 2017.

Australia’s assistance for families displaced by the Zamboanga siege in 2013 also includes psychosocial and protection services, support to host communities, and health and disease surveillance that benefitted 54,000 individuals.

In a press statement, the Australian Embassy disclosed that 400 families with 1,886 individuals were provided with permanent shelters through CRS, 1,049 families (5,324 individuals) benefitted from livelihood assistance by CFSI with 1,486 individuals trained in financial management and 1,017 trained in disaster risk reduction.

Likwise, 40,924 students and 588 pre-school children attending 16 schools and six Child Development Centers, respectively, benefitted from the support to host communities component carried out by CFSI. A total of 1,017 individuals with specific psychosocial and protection needs were assisted, while 2,072 individuals were enabled to acquire birth registrations, 583 obtained marriage certificates, and 106 vulnerable persons participated in literacy training.  All of these efforts led to the achievement of the project objective to promote human security for at least 1,000 families (5,500 persons) from amongst the “untagged” category of IDPs.-(VTL/City Hall PR)