Boulevard cleared of IDPs

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014


THE Zamboanga City Government, in partnership with concerned government agencies, has started the massive clean-up and facelift to bring back the R.T. Lim or “Cawa-Cawa” Boulevard to its former glory.

The center isles of the “Cawa-Cawa” Boulevard, including the sidewalks in front of the sports complex and Zamboanga City High School (ZCHS)-West, have been cleared of shanties used by the internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Assistant City Administrator Dr. Elmeir Apolinario said the IDPs numbering about 300 are now occupying only one area of the shoreline, particularly at the far end adjacent to the Women’s Magbasa Kita Foundation center.

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Apolinario, who heads the temporary shelter cluster, said the remaining IDPs, most of them Sama de Laut families, are set for transfer to Sitio Buggoc in the village of Kasanyangan.

The local government, together with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), has launched a build challenge partnering with private groups for the construction of some 200 single detached houses on stilts at Sitio Buggoc.

In the past few days, the temporary shelter cluster along with other agencies has transferred over a hundred families from the R.T. Lim Boulevard to the transitory site at Sitio Masepla in the village of Mampang, Zamboanga City.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has committed to build additional 30 bunkhouses at the Masepla transitory site to accommodate more IDPs before they are moved to their permanent locations.

Apolinario said that joint personnel from the City Administrator’s Office, City General Services Office, Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources and City Mayor’s Office spruced up the boulevard area by flushing and painting the concrete parts of the island and replanting greeneries -- all to beautify the area and make it attractive to visitors anew -- after clearing the area last week. (Bong Garcia)

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