Congress consults Zambo City on proposed IDP bill PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 January 2014 13:09

Members of the Congressional Committee on Human Rights yesterday consulted different sectors of the city specifically the internally displaced persons (IDPs), as they prepare for the plenary discussion on the proposed bill on IDPs.

The Committee, led by Representative Guillermo Romarate Jr. of the 2nd District of Surigao first met with Mayor Beng Climaco City Hall yesterday morning where they were briefed on the city’s efforts to rehabilitate the city following the 23-day crisis.

Focus of the briefing was the various programs initiated by the City Government in coordination with national government agencies and the humanitarian actors for the recovery of the families displaced by the siege.

Accompanying Romarate during the briefing in City Hall were Representatives Celso Lobregat of District 1, Luzviminda Ilagan of Gabriela Partylist and Isagani Carlos Zarate of Bayan Muna Partylist, congressional staff under the Human Rights committee, officials from the Commission on Human Rights regional office and officials from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) led by Regional Director Atty. Paizal Abutazil and City Director Atty. Mohammad Taha Arakama.

From City Hall, the group conducted inspected ground zero covering the barangays of Mariki, Rio Hondo, Sta. Barbara and Sta. Catalina and the resettlement area in Taluksangay.

At 1pm, the Committee conducted a moto propio inquiry on the human rights situation of internally displaced persons who were massively displaced as an aftermath of the siege in Zamboanga last September and continuation of deliberations on House Bill Nos. 239, 2247, 3003 and 3146 (protection of Internally Displaced Persons) authored by Representatives Relampagos, Rodriguez, Tambunting and Gutierrez and Bello, respectively.

Romarate in a statement during the City Hall briefing said he is impressed with the way the Zamboanga City government implements the recovery and rehabilitation programs with the support of other agencies and humanitarian actors.

Cong. Lobregat also talked about updates on the Zamboanga City Recovery, Reconstruction and Rehabilitation (Z3R) plan in his capacity as consultant on rehabilitation.

Also present were the heads of the different clusters- City Planning and Development Officer Engr. Rodrigo Sicat (rehabilitation cluster), City Health Officer Dr. Rodel Agbulos (health/humanitarian cluster) and Dr. Jane Bascar (recovery cluster).  — Sheila Covarrubias