Climaco leads rice payout to ‘work for food’ families PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 12:36

Mayor Beng Climaco led yesterday morning in the distribution of rice as payout to 2,000 families in Barangay Talon-Talon who participated in the “work for food” program that aims to help evacuees of the 23-day siege get temporary livelihood as rehabilitation efforts are underway.

She thanked the United Nations World Food Programme represented by Mishael Argonza for helping the city government through the City Agriculturist Office in providing rice to the evacuees for works done.

Yesterday’s beneficiaries were part of the 10,000 families (not 3,000 families as earlier reported) affected by the 23-day siege and hired for coastal cleanup at 7 kilos of rice per day for each family. Thus, each family gets 1 sack of rice for a week’s work.

City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat, focal person of the Emergency Livelihood Cluster of the Zamboanga City Early Recovery/Recovery Coordination Structure, said the rice payout will continue today for 2,500 families in Mampang and tomorrow for 1,500 families in Arena Blanco for a total of 6,000 families to include yesterday’s 2,000 families in Talon-Talon.

The 4,000 other families will come from barangays of Mariki, Rio Hondo and from the evacuation centers in Taluksangay and Tulungatung.

These families will again be hired next month for tree and mangrove propagule planting and they will receive 1 sack of rice each as payout. In January, these will get similar payout for another job—environment cleanup.

Also present during the rice distribution at Talon-Talon Barangay Hall were barangay chairman-elect Teodever Arquiza, Palacat together with staff and Argonza. — Vic Larato