Info caravan for IDPs launched PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 March 2014 11:10

The City Government of Zamboanga successfully conducted an Information Caravan for internally displaced persons (IDPs) at the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex Thursday, March 6, the first out of a series of planned caravans set for the different evacuation centers and transitory sites.

Over 300 IDPs and camp leaders from the different zones in the Grandstand, and the Cawa-Cawa Shoreline participated in the information and communication initiative, which was spearheaded by the City Government, in partnership with local and national government offices, and humanitarian actors.

Present during the Caravan were the representatives from the City Government, the National Housing Authority (NHA), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) who provided updates on the ongoing rehabilitation plan for Zamboanga City.

These included brief discussions regarding shelter, livelihood, social and health services, as well as the status of the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Rehabilitation (Z3R) plan. An open forum followed the presentations to facilitate clarification and to allow IDPs to voice out their concerns and additional queries.

In her message, Mayor Beng Climaco issued a renewed and fervent appeal to the IDPs for help and cooperation as the City Government continues to explore all options to address the problems and concerns brought about by the September conflict and the subsequent humanitarian crisis that followed.

“Kailangan namin ang inyong cooperation at tulong,” pleaded Climaco. “Tulungan niyo rin kami, kasi hindi easy ang trabaho namin,” she said.

The Mayor also asked IDPs to not give up hope, and to keep believing in Zamboanga City.

Themed Comunicacion es Ayuda (Communication is Aid), the Information Caravan is the City Government’s response to the pressing need of IDPs for accurate and timely information regarding recovery and rehabilitation initiatives.

It was organized specifically to disseminate critical information to IDPs as well as frontline workers on the ground, to engage IDPs in dialogue via an open forum, and to roll out information, education and communication materials (IECs), including the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) pamphlets for IDPs.

The Information Caravan is set to visit the different evacuation centers and transitory sites in the coming weeks. — Jasmine Mohammadsali