Construction of evacuation centers postponed

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Friday, March 28, 2014


THE local government has postponed the construction of two evacuation centers to house residents displaced by

natural and man-made calamity in Zamboanga City, an official said Friday.

City councilor Cesar Jimenez Jr. said the postponement came after the City Government has decided to utilize first

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the P15 million fund to provide the needs of the internally displaced persons (IDPs), who are still housed in

evacuation centers.

Thousands of people, who were displaced by the standoff between the government and Moro National Liberation Front

(MNLF) fighters last September, are still housed at the different evacuation centers and transitory sites in this

city.

Jimenez said that among the needs of the IDPs being provided by the local government are the construction of

bunkhouses and payment of electric and water bills.

Of the P15 million allocation, P6 million is used for electricity, P6 million for water, and P2 million for

maintenance and other operating expenses of the City Disaster Risks Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC).

The remaining P1 million will not be spent, Jimenez said.

He said the City Government will source out funds next year to realize the construction of two evacuation centers

to be constructed in the villages of Tugbungan and San Jose Gusu.

He said the evacuation centers will be used to house victims of disasters and calamities such as fire, flood, among

others.

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