Twenty-two temporary shelters (bunkhouses) will be built in a 1.4-hectare of land that will accommodate 220 family evacuees in Zamboanga City.
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman said that the land was offered by the family of Barangay Captain Abdurahman Nuno who founded Barangay Taluksangay in the 17th century.
“These temporary shelters can accommodate 220 family evacuees,” said Secretary Soliman.
Soliman said the shelter is part of the rehabilitation plan of Zamboanga.
The DSWD, together with the local government of Zamboanga, and Habitat for Humanity agreed to form a partnership particularly in building temporary and permanent shelters for the victims whose houses were razed in the conflict-affected areas.
“Better homes would be built so that the conflict-affected families will no longer be called “evacuees” since their new houses will be resilient to storms and other natural calamities,” the DSWD chief assured.
Radzma Sangkahan, 23, from Barangay Talon Talon, who occupied one of the rooms at the evacuation center in Taluksangay, is thanking the DSWD for giving them regular relief packs of rice, noodles, canned goods, and hygiene kits.
As part of the transition period from relief to rehabilitation, the evacuees are now cooking their own food being supplied by DSWD.
“We manage to cook our own food in the community kitchen unlike in the previous days,” Sangkahan said.
About P 3.89 billion was earlier allocated by President Benigno S. Aquino III to DSWD to implement the rehabilitation in Zamboanga City of areas affected by the recent armed conflict. PNA