Livelihood eyed for displaced persons

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Sunday, July 13, 2014


THE City Government, in coordination with its partner humanitarian agencies, continues to look into livelihood opportunities for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Zamboanga City.

Thousands of people were displaced when hundreds of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) followers loyal to MNLF chair Nur Misuari infiltrated the city in September 2013, triggering a 20-day standoff.

City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat said various livelihood proposals for the IDP-families are being considered and studied.

Palacat is the designated head of the livelihood cluster in the Zamboanga City Road Map to Recovery and Reconstruction.

Palacat said among the proposal being studied by the City Planning and Development Coordinator’s office is the proposed seaweed farming livelihood project.

A P21-million budget had been proposed for the realization of the project, said Palacat.

He said the proposed budget will be spent for the training of IDP families, purchase of equipment and construction of facility, including fishing gears and motorized banca.

He said they are also studying the possibility to train the IDP-families on the production of high-value crops. (Bong Garcia)

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