Beng joins mangrove planting in Mampang PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 13 December 2013 11:04

Mayor Beng Climaco braved the scorching sun yesterday as she joined the 3,500 evacuee-families in the mangrove planting in barangays Mampang and Arena Blanco as part of the “work for food” program for internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Now on it second batch of implementation, the “work for food” program is designed to give the evacuees of the 23-day siege last September a weeklong work in exchange for one sack of rice per family.

It started a month ago when a total of 6,500 IDP-families were hired to work on the coastal cleanup in Rio Hondo and Mariki. After a week’s work they were given one sack of rice each as payout.

Yesterday’s IDP-families working on mangrove propagules planting were mostly taken from the Baliwasan grandstand where they have been housed since the September siege.

The program is being carried out by the United Nations World Food Programme and the city government through the City Agriculturist Office headed by Diosdado Palacat.

The program will again be launched next month, this time the IDPs will be hired for river bank cleanup and other environment cleaning operations.

The “work for food” program is part of the city government’s grand plan for early recovery and rehabilitation of Zamboanga City under the “build back better” strategy in coordination with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), UP PLANADES and other agencies.

Also with the mayor were Councilor Percival Ramos, Muktar Ali Farah, sub-office head of Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA); Asaka Nyangara, deputy county director of the World Food Program; Palacat and the barangay officials of Mampang and Arena Blanco. —Vic Larato