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IOM with the Government of the Philippines continues to support displaced families in Zamboanga

Last Friday, 24th April, IOM together with Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) held a Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) handover activity and turned over 400 transitional shelters to the local government and to the IDPs in Zamboanga City. Currently 212 families or 1,171 individuals are living in these shelters, and the rest of the shelters are expected to be occupied soon.

The CCCM activity aimed to hand over the responsibility of the transitional shelter site to the local government, while ensuring that DSWD and IOM will continue to provide support. The ceremony was attended by DSWD Assistant Secretary Vilma Cabrera, Zamboanga’s City Mayor Beng Climaco, DSWD Regional Director Ms. Arevalo, IOM Senior Operations Officer Mr. Rex Alamban, DSWD and City Social Welfare and Development Staff, the City Mayor’s Office staff and other humanitarian partners and camp managers of different displacement sites. Asec. Cabrera mentioned the long standing partnership between DSWD and IOM and expressed her gratitude for IOM’s support in assisting the affected communities.

In the afternoon, the turnover of the 400 shelters on stilts to the local government and to the beneficiaries was held in the transitional site called Mampang III. The construction of these shelters started in December 2014 and was completed on 18 March 2015. The construction is a part of the IOM-DSWD 700 shelter project that will support the IDPs who are still residing in an evacuation centre, while waiting for permanent houses that will be provided by the government.

“These houses are for you [IDP beneficiaries], to help you stand and recover. These structures will never be a home without families living in it. You [IDP beneficiaries] will complete these homes,” said IOM Senior Operations Officer Rex Alamban. Asec. Cabrera also said in a speech: “I hope that you [beneficiaries] will take care of these houses and make this community an ideal community for everybody.”