DSWD, PNP adopt stronger security measures in Enriquez sports complex PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 October 2013 11:30

The Department of Social Welfare and Development, together with the Philippine National Police, strengthened security measures in the JFE Sports Complex, the biggest evacuation center in Zamboanga City.

Presently, a Gender-Based Grievance Desk is established inside the evacuation center to handle all reports on gender-based violence.  The Grievance Desk is located beside the Welfare Inquiry Desk.

As a result of the partnership with the PNP, additional police personnel are assigned inside the evacuation center to regularly patrol and monitor the area.

Further, additional lights were installed to ensure that no areas of the JFE Sports Complex can be used in any dubious or criminal acts.

“Additional security measures were recently installed in partnership with the PNP to ensure the safety and protection of the more than 11,000 families still staying inside the evacuation center,” said DSWD Assistant Secretary Camilo G. Gudmalin.

“As of present, no actual case of abuse has been reported except for the rape incident previously recorded, which has since been resolved as the perpetrator apprehended.  However, the Department saw fit to respond and initiate additional security measures to safeguard the evacuees, especially the women and children,” added Asec. Gudmalin.

“We also encourage the media, other sectors in society, and the evacuees to immediately inform us of any similar report so we can immediately validate, and make the appropriate response.  Rest assured that the Department’s primary concern is the safety and welfare of the affected families,” Asec. Gudmalin continued.“We appeal to all sectors in our society not to take advantage of the vulnerability of the displaced persons.  Instead, please be one with the local and national government in rebuilding Zamboanga City.”