Evac centers down to 35-A A +A
By Bong Garcia
Monday, September 23, 2013
THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) announced that the number of evacuation centers in Zamboanga City, as of Monday, have decreased from 57 to 35, an official said.
DSWD Secretary Corazon Soliman said the decrease was due to merging some evacuation centers with small number of evacuees.
Soliman said that 35 evacuation centers being managed and assisted by the agency house a total of 18,112 families comprising of 94,753 individuals.
Soliman also said that the Joaquin F. Enriquez Jr. Memorial Sports Complex remains the biggest evacuation center and have the highest number of evacuees with 11,979 families comprising of 71,265 individuals.
DSWD has intensified its monitoring of evacuation centers in coordination with the local government and the Archdiocese of Zamboanga to ensure better management and supervision.
Provision is ensured by the DSWD while the local government and the archdiocese are supervising some of the evacuation centers with home-based or community-based evacuees.
A home-based or community-based evacuee refers to those families who sought temporary shelter with their relatives and friends that are being attended by the district offices of the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO).
Evelyn Las Marias, officer-in-charge of CSWDO, said her office has seven district offices that serve as registration centers for community-based evacuees.
To date, there are 3,712 families comprising 10,194 individuals have registered as community-based evacuees.