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PIA Press Release
Monday, January 30, 2012


Internally Displaced Families to be transferred to transitional tents on February

by Charmaine P. Tadlas

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Jan. 30 (PIA) -- Schools that are used temporarily as evacuation centers are going to be vacated soon by internally displaced persons as they will be transferred to transitional tents starting on the second week of February.

This was announced by Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman of the Department of Social Welfare and Development to the internally displaced families staying in West City Central School and City Central School, this city, both of which have the highest number of evacuees.

Secretary Soliman said that as soon as the tents in Calaanan Tent City will be vacated by families who will transfer to their permanent shelters, families who are staying in school-evacuation centers will then occupy the tents.

She said that to determine the beneficiaries who will be the first to transfer to the tents, a raffle-draw will be conducted so that it will be “fair and square” to every internally displaced family.

As of January 28, 2012 there are now 501 families in West City Central School and 255 families in City Central School.

The national government is currently building permanent homes in the 12.4 hectare land provided by the local government unit (LGU) of Cagayan de Oro City in Calaanan, Barangay Canitoan.

With the help of concerned non-government organizations, such as the Habitat for Humanity (HFH) and International Organization for Migration (IOM), an initial number of 1,500 units will be built for the families.

Families whose areas of origin were from the no-build zones such as Sitio Calacala, Isla Delta, Isla de Oro, Isla Baksan, Isla Bugnao, Tambo (Macasandig) and Isla Puntod will be the first to occupy the permanent resettlement site in Calaanan.

Secretary Soliman assured however that all families, particularly those who are informal settlers, will be able to receive a new house and that “no one will be left behind.”

Meanwhile, the DSWD is currently implementing its livelihood program which provides seed capital for the internally displaced families’ small-scale businesses.

“This will ensure that the families have an income while they are still waiting for their houses to be completed,” Secretary Soliman says. (Charmaine P. Tadlas/DSWD/PIA-10)

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