City extends aid to Curuan evacuees PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 17 September 2011 16:50

The city government through the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) has extended relief assistance to some 30 families who evacuated from sitio Lubay to Camp Pilar in Curuan due to harassments and threats from lawless elements in the area.

Mayor Celso Lobregat has also instructed law enforcement authorities to intensify security in the area in coordination with the barangay’s civilian volunteers.
City Social Welfare and Development Office chief Francisco Barredo said the families are now temporarily residing in Camp Pilar Elementary School while others are staying with their relatives.

The relief assistance distributed Thursday included rice, sardines, noodles and other stuff good for two weeks.
According to Barredo, the residents fear for their lives because of threats from the lawless elements allegedly belonging to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)-Sibuco group. He said the evacuees are worried about the plants such as fruit trees and animals that they left behind in Lubay, as these are their only means of livelihood.

A detachment of the Special Civilian Active Auxiliary (SCAA) forces has been set up in Lubay by the Curuan Barangay Council under chairman Noel Perez. Forces from Task Force Zamboanga and the police also patrol the area.

The evacuation started Tuesday when rumors spread that the rebel group will attack the area anytime. — Sheila Covarrubias