IDPs get farming tools for veggie production PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 12:56

Hundreds of internally displaced persons (IDPs) housed at the temporary shelters in Tulungatung were given farming tools last Saturday for them to engage in vegetable production as livelihood while waiting for their permanent relocation.

City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat, who led the distribution of the farming tools, said other IDPs like those in Taluksungan will receive their farming tools on Thursday, Feb 20, while those in Calarian and other temporary shelters will have yet to be scheduled.

This, as the city government is focusing on recovery and rehabilitation efforts for thousands of families displaced by the Zamboanga siege last September. Thus, the IDPs are housed in temporary shelters while waiting for the reconstruction of their permanent homes under the build back better scheme.

The recovery efforts are following the blue print of the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R) of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the UP Planades.

The farming tools that included ready to use supplementary food were turned over to Mayor Beng Climaco last week by the United Nations World Food Organization represented by Misael Argonza through Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Asst. Regional Director Ridsuan Hadjimudhin at athe movable storage at the airport.

Turned over were 350 scythe bolos, 150 bolos, 150 pails with cover, 150 plastic containers, 50 crow bars, 25 basins, 150 shovels, 150 shovel spades, 75 big shovels, 150 garden hoes without handle, 150 rakes, 150 sprinklers, 100 gloves, 50 sledge hammers with handles, 54 eye protectors and 106 rubber boots.

The WFO also turned over boxes of beans from Uzbekistan, cooking oil from Indonesia and 5.3 metric tons of peanut-based ready-to-use supplementary food for children.

The WFO also unloaded last week 125 metric tons or 2,500 bags of Vietnam rice, which is part of the 1,655 metric tons or 33,100 bags of rice allocated for Zamboanga’s IDPs.

The rice will be distributed to the IDPs as payoff for a week’s work under the food for work program of the City Agriculturist’s Office wherein every family is given one sack of rice for a week’s work ranging from mangrove planting, coastal cleanup to community cleanliness campaign. — Vic Larato