Social workers undergo camp management training-A A +A
By Bong Garcia
Friday, October 18, 2013
THE two-day camp coordination and camp management training organized by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) kicked off Friday with some 100 social workers both from public and private sectors in attendance.
The training, which ends Saturday, aims to deepen the understanding of the participants on the concepts, principles of good camp coordination and management, drawing from their direct experiences in managing evacuation sites.
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Regional Director Zenaida Arevalo said that majority of the training participants are currently managing evacuation centers, providing temporary shelter to the families displaced by the standoff in Zamboanga City.
The standoff started last September 9 when hundreds of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels infiltrated the city.
DSWD records showed that 8,318 families comprising of 39,451 individuals are still staying in 30 evacuation centers as of Friday, October 18.
IOM is a long-time partner of the DSWD on disaster response, especially on management of evacuation centers and provision of temporary shelter.
IOM Migration Crisis Operations Unit representative Mark Maulit said his group has gone around the evacuation centers in the city and has observed how these temporary shelters are being managed.
Maulit said the unfamiliarity of camp managers' on their roles and responsibilities that may lead to camp mismanagement.
"Camp managers play a critical role because the evacuees largely depend on them for their daily survival at the evacuation centers. Thus, if they do not manage the evacuation centers well, the sufferings of the evacuees may increase, and may delay their recovery," he said.
He said good practices from different countries that experienced huge disasters will be shared for possible replication if appropriate during the two-day training.
Social workers who are presently managing the evacuation centers in the city will also share their experiences.
After the completion of the training, they are expected to develop plans that would improve the services at the evacuation centers under their care at present.