Mangrove planting IDPs get rice for work PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 December 2013 10:54

About 865 families or internally displaced persons (IDPs) yesterday received their rice payout for planting mangrove propagules in barangays Mampang and Arena Blanco last week.

Mayor Beng Climaco and City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat together with World Food Programme representatives led the distribution of rice to the beneficiaries at the Sangguniang Panlungsod parking grounds.

Climaco emphasized that the work for food program is a very important aspect of the recovery and reconstruction efforts as it gives IDPs the opportunity to work for food rather than staying at the evacuation centers and be dependent of the food packs from the government.

Recalled, Mayor Climaco last week 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 the 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.

The IDPs working on mangrove propagules planting were mostly evacuees housed at the Baliwasan grandstand.

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. It will be launched again 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. — Vic Larato