Int’l support for Zambo economic rehab sought PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 07 October 2013 10:51

Zamboanga City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation Inc. (ZCCIFI) President Pocholo Soliven briefed the livelihood cluster of the  Crisis Management Committee at its meeting in Manila on Oct 3, 2013.

Soliven gave the group a briefing on the current situation in the city as well as the urgent needs to jumpstart the economic recovery plan.

Soliven is the private sector representative in the Crisis Management Committee of Zamboanga City. He has been tasked to head the economic cluster which will draw up a Marshall Plan-like  intervention for the city to get its economy  back to its level prior to the September crisis.

The high level meeting was attended by representatives of international donors like United Nations, International Labor Organizations(ILO), IOM, World Food Program, AUS Aid, as well as national line agencies like DOLE and DSWD.

The meeting’s objective was to draft a Memorandum of Understanding  for the Zamboanga economic recovery planthat willbe relevant and sustainable and focused on livelihood and enterprise building.

Soliven in his  briefing to the international donor groups underscored the urgency to pump prime the local economy by  encouraging  consumer spending so that money will circulate.

“ A sustainable livelihood intervention is imperative so that the victims of the September attack  will not have to depend on dole outs  but rather learn to fend for themselvesin the long run,” Soliven said.

“We need support in terms of livelihood projects that will help Zamboanguenos help themselves with dignity.  The projects need to be sustainable as well as contribute to the local economy  not only in the here and now, but also the  medium-  and long term,  focused on the overall macro economic fundamentals of the city “, Soliven added.

The donors and partners identified the  short term responses  transitioning into the medium -term  as follows:

A.) Conduct a needs assessment on livelihoods, and employment skills;

B.) An initial $50,000  Cash For Work  was allocated by ILO to carry out emergency work to prepare the affected community assets and infrastructure for reconstruction;

C.) Convergence and coordination with established partnership during and after work to ensure sustainability of the interventions and skills level of beneficiaries;

A team of representatives is scheduled to be in Zamboanga City for actual assessment and fine tuning of the plan for its immediate implementation. — ZCCIFI Media Bureau