Council seeks transfer of IDPs to temporary relocation sites PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 26 January 2014 14:36

The City Council, through a resolution, is seeking to expedite the transfer of thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to this city’s temporary relocation sites from the sports complex to facilitate the rehabilitation of the facility.

Councilor Melchor Rey Sadain, who authored the resolution, said the IDPs housed at present at the sports complex could either be transferred to the temporary relocation sites such as at Rio Hondo Elementary School and at the government resettlement sites in the barangays of Tulungatung and Taluksangay.

The Sadain-sponsored resolution was approved by the City Council during its regular session Wednesday.

Sadain said the transfer of the IDPs from the sports facility will pave the way for the rehabilitation of the facility that was damaged when it was converted into an evacuation center.

The sports complex has served as the biggest among the several evacuation centers established at the height of the standoff last September.

The facility has housed more than 50 percent of the more than 100,000 displaced individuals.

At present, the sports facility still houses 1,856 families comprising of 12,675 individuals.

Ninety-two families comprising of 580 individuals are housed at the nearby Zamboanga National High School (ZNHS)-West and 872 families consisting of 4,928 individuals stay along R.T. Lim Boulevard which is known as the “Cawa-Cawa” boulevard.

“These evacuees especially those residing along R.T. Lim Boulevard hampers the flow of traffic and they are facing several hazards to include health hazards,” Sadain said.

At the same time, the City Council through another resolution also authored by Sadain is requesting the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to submit to the august body the rehabilitation plan for the sports complex. — RAAG