UN to implement $24 million proposal for Zambo recovery PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 October 2013 11:13

The United Nations is set to implement an estimated $24 million proposal to facilitate the recovery and rehabilitation of Zamboanga City.

“At this point, we have estimated that the proposal that we have here for the City of Zamboanga is around $24 million,” said Luisa Corvallo, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the Philippines.

Set to begin within the week, the proposal is a needs-based response based on assessment studies conducted by the UN, the Office of Civil Defense and the local government, and as such, can change over time.

“This is why we call it a proposal, because it will change,” said Corvallo, explaining that the needs identified during the first month will not be the same for the next.

At the onset, initial priorities will concentrate on camp management, water hygiene, health and shelter. After a month, priorities will begin to shift towards measures for education, livelihood, and early recovery.

Of the total proposal amount, $3 million has already been received, said Corvallo. Half of this amount will go into camp management, water sanitation and emergency housing.

“This is why we are discussing the bunkhouses, the sanitation mechanisms, water systems, food production, cooking for the families with the Mayor and the DSWD,” she said.

The proposal has also set aside resources for projects on health, infant protection, gender-based violence, reproductive health, and logistical support

Corvallo also clarified that the UN’s financial aid will not be coursed through the local government. “The UN works through its agencies, so we don’t transfer the resources to central or local governments,” she said, stressing that the UN has its own implementing mechanisms.

She further assured that the interventions of the UN is a humanitarian response, and that it is perfectly aligned with the overall response plan of the government.

“The government is on lead, the community of Zamboanga is on lead, the central government is on lead. The UN works together under any response that we participate in the country,” she noted.

Corvallo said that the experience of Zamboanga City is a lesson on tolerance, understanding, and the importance of unity amidst challenges.

“This is going to be in the City’s history to teach us the importance and beauty of having a multi-cultural, multi-faith and multi-ethnic City, and how the City can organize itself to face and overcome the challenges ahead, in a united way where we can respect and develop a framework where everybody is a participant, actor and beneficiary of this recovery,” she said. —Jasmine Mohammadsali