West City Central Evacuees Want To Go Home

Some of the remaining evacuees billeted in West City Central School have voiced out their desire to go back to their homes in Acacia, Carmen.

According to Maricelle Libarnes, staff of the Estate Management Division (EMD) who is assigned at the evacuation center, there are 165 families still occupying the temporary quarters in West City Central School.

Some of them want to be relocated at the 5-hectare relocation area of Xavier University in Lumbia while some just want to go back to their individual homes in Acacia, Carmen which were flooded during the height of the typhoon Sendong. Some portions of Acacia, Carmen were not included in the danger zones declared by President Benigno Aquino III.

The places in the city which was declared by President Aquino as danger zones and should not be inhabited are Calacala in Macasandig, Isla de Oro, and Isla Delta in Barangay Consolacion.

Romeo Dalapo, chief of the Human Settlement Section of the EMD, confirms that the homes of those evacuees who want to go back to Acacia, Carmen were not included within the 20-meter danger zones from the bank of the Cagayan de Oro river.

Meanwhile, Libarnes clarified that the EMD is always monitoring the evacuees and are always ready to accommodate their transfer should they eventually wish to be relocated to the temporary shelters in Calaanan.

There are still, presently, 35 vacant tents in Tent City 4.