April 2012: Timeline to start moving evacuees to permanent sites

THE AGREED timeline to start moving calamity victims to permanent relocation houses is by the first week of April 2012.

This was stated by DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman in her letter to the executive editor of Philippine Star, as she clarified that the DSWD has been closely coordinating with the mayor for the management of evacuation centers, relief and rehabilitation after the December 16 and 17 flashfloods.

She affirmed efforts of Mayor Vicente Emano to relocate calamity victims to permanent sites.

“In Cagayan de Oro, the big relocation site in Calaanan, as provided by Mayor Emano and Habitat for Humanity will be working in this site since they already have an existing Memorandum of Agreement with the city government and the NHA. They will initially build 1,300 houses in a 9.5 hectare lot. Xavier University is donating 5 hectares for transition shelter where bunk houses are already being put up and the 500 families will be provided permanent relocation in another 5 hectares. The Philippine National Red Cross is offering to build the houses in the Lumbia relocation site,” her letter read in part.

It was learned that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), in coordination with the city, will provide site development services, including building a bridge in Calaanan while the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in working with the city, the DSWD and the NHA to provide support in beneficiary identification.

Soliman noted the gargantuan task in the rehabilitation plan but assured that measures are in place to ascertain that all affected families will be relocated.

“DSWD is providing a complaint desk in all evacuation centers, as well as in DSWD and NHA regional offices to accept complaints that are verifiable to ensure that no one is left behind,” she said in the published report where she also belied reports that there is confusion in Cagayan de Oro in relief and rehabilitation operations.

Source: CIO Press Release