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Camp management training for social workers in Zambo is ongoing

Around 100 social workers both from public and private sectors gathered today until tomorrow at the Marcian Hotel to participate in the training on camp coordination and camp management organized by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), according to Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IX Director Zenaida Arevalo.

The IOM is a long-time partner of the DSWD on disaster response especially along management of evacuation centers and provision of temporary shelter.

According to Mark Maulit, representative of Migration Crisis Operations Unit of IOM, this training aims to deepen the participants’ understanding of the concepts, principles of good camp coordination and management drawing from their direct experiences in managing evacuation sites.

Majority of the participants are currently managing the evacuation centers providing temporary shelter to the families affected by the armed conflict between government troops and the Moro National Liberation Front-Nur Misuari faction.

Maulit said that his group has gone around the evacuation centers in the city and has observed how these temporary shelters are being managed.  He said that the unfamiliarity of camp managers’ on their roles and responsibilities may lead to camp mismanagement.

“ Camp managers play a critical role because the evacuees largely depend on them for their daily survival at the evacuation centers. Thus, if they do not manage the evacuation centers well, the sufferings of the evacuees may increase, and may delay their recovery,” Maulit said.

During the training,  good practices from different countries that experienced huge disasters will be shared for possible replication if appropriate.  Likewise, social workers who are presently managing the evacuation centers in Zamboanga City will also share their experiences.

After the training, the participants are expected to develop plans that would improve the services at the evacuation centers under their care.

Based on the October 18, 10:00 AM report of the DSWD, 8,318 families or 39,451 persons are still staying in evacuation centers. ### 18 October 2013 (DSWD-Social Marketing Service)

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DSWD gives ‘pabaon’ packs to Zambo evacuees returning home

After the military has declared some areas to be safe, a number of evacuees from the armed conflict between government troops and Moro National Liberation Front-Misuari faction in Zamboanga City are now returning home.

To ensure that those returning home will meet their daily food needs while starting anew, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will provide them with ‘pabaon’ packs.

To date, the DSWD has released “pabaon” packs to 930 families who have returned to their respective communities in Mampang, Talon-Talon, and Arena Blanco. The family-evacuees who returned home came from the following evacuation centers in Mampang – 602,  Lunzuran-200, JFE Sports Complex – 77, Boalan – 46 and Guiwan – 5.

Each  ‘pabaon’ pack contains 9 kilos of rice, 15 cans of sardines, 10 cans of corned beef, 20 pieces of noodles and 20 pieces of 3-in-1 coffee.  Each pack is valued at P 933.00 and is estimated to be good for one week.

The access cards of the returning evacuees are surrendered to the DSWD as soon as they receive their ‘pabaon’.

To date, 8,341 families or 40,511 persons are still housed in 27 evacuation centers around the city.   Family packs are given to families in evacuation centers every two days. ### October 17, 2013 (DSWD-Social Marketing Service)

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DSWD transitions from relief to rehabilitation stage

More than two weeks into the Zamboanga siege, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is embarking on a better system in the provision of relief assitance to displaced families in preparation for the rehabilitation stage.

 In an interview, Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said “DSWD is now incorporating changes in the disaster operations especially in the provision of food for the evacuees staying inside the evacuation centers.  The Department is now gradually shifting from providing cooked food to providing food supplies to the evacuees and letting them cook their own meals as to how they most prefer it.”

 Community kitchens are being set up in strategic areas of the evacuation centers in pursuant to this transition.  In the JF Enriquez, the biggest evacuation center, community kitchens are established away from the tents to prevent fire and ensure the safety of the evacuees.  The JF Enriquez is currently home to 11,979 families or 71,265 individuals.

 The Secretary said that the DSWD will still continue to deliver hot meals for the displaced families until such time when majority of the community kitchens are established.  Due to this gradual change in the food provision, the Department will also be decreasing orders of cooked food from the local food providers.

Aside from the changes in the relief operations, the Department is also shifting towards the rehabilitation stage of the disaster operations.  DSWD is coordinating closely with the Zamboanga City Local Government and other government agencies and non-government organizations (NGOs) for the rebuilding of Zamboanga City.  This is also in support to Mayor Isabelle Climaco’s call for “one Zamboanga towards a better Zamboanga.”

 DSWD has prepared a rehabilitation plan amounting to P3.89B which will cover the cost for continuing relief assistance for affected families for one month, Balik Probinsiya Program, Educational Assistance, Supplementary Feeding program, Cash-for-Work/Training, Construction of Bunkhouses, Shelter Assistance, and Livelihood Assistance.

 Secretary Soliman said “since the President has released a budget of P3.9B for rehabilitation and early recovery, we want to implement ways on how best to respond to the needs of the affected families, especially in the provision of permanent shelters to those who lost their homes.”  Presently, DSWD is closely coordinating with the Habitat for Humanity, Gawad Kalinga and the AFP Engineering Brigade for the construction of temporary shelters.

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held on October 5 in Barangay Taluksangay for the construction of bunkhouses, as well as in Barangay Talon-Talon for the construction of a two-storey school building. The school building with 20 classrooms is sponsored by Black-Eyed Peas Allan Pineda commonly know as

 As an on-going effort to prepare the evacuees for the rehabilitation stage, DSWD is conducting Family Development Sessions inside the evacuation centers, wherein around 5,000 Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries are also staying.  In the FDS, small groups of displaced individuals come together and share their experience and plans for the future.

 The Secretary added that the “The needs and aspirations of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have to be considered for the Department to come up with a better and appropriate rehabilitation plan.”

 Skills training is also being provided in partnership with TESDA.  Presently, bead-crafts making and reflexology/massage training is held at the Livelihood Tent.  All the bead-products made by the trainees, which are key chains and wallets, will be bought by the Department.

Psycho-social interventions, day care service and supplemental feeding are also continuously being done in all evacuation centers.  Further, the Secretary emphasized that relief operations will still continue, as the rehabilitation plan is implemented.

 As of September 29, the Department has provided a total of P99.499 million worth of relief augmentation assistance to the affected families.

Moreover, Mayor Isabelle Climaco, in a recent interview, expressed her gratitude to the President for his leadership and support towards the rebuilding of a better Zamboanga City.  She also thanked Secretary Soliman for the Department’s rehabilitation plan for the displaced families of the armed conflict.

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DSWD, DOH spearhead meeting over sanitation measures in evacuation centers

In order to prevent the outbreak of diseases and other health problems inside the evacuation centers, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Health (DOH) met with the City Government of Zamboanga and the members of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Cluster and the Camp Coordination and Camp Management Cluster, and discussed the sanitation and hygiene requirements of the affected persons staying in the evacuation centers especially in JFE Sports Complex.

Additional common latrines will be constructed while the clogged and broken toilets will be fixed and replaced. These will provide the evacuees with the basic sanitation services they needed in the center. “Latrines should be accessible to all people especially women and other vulnerable groups. It should also offer them security and privacy especially for women,” DSWD Assistant Secretary Camilo G. Gudmalin explained.

Moreover, hand washing and bathing facilities will be installed in strategic areas in the evacuation center while, six (6) more water bladders will be set up to increase the water supply not only for drinking but also for cleaning purposes.

Assistant Secretary Gudmalin noted that these will help encourage evacuees, especially children to wash their hands before every meal, as well as, providing them with potable drinking water. “Evacuees and their children should wash their hands with soap and water frequently to reduce the spread of diseases,” he continued.

The construction and enhancement of these facilities will be implemented through the collaboration of the DSWD, DOH, the City Government of Zamboanga, and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

“Improving the water, sanitation and hygiene facilities is one way of preventing the outbreak of diseases, but hygiene promotion is also equally important,” Assistant Secretary Gudmalin explained. Likewise, the DSWD will integrate hygiene promotion in the Family Development Sessions (FDS) where small groups of displaced families are being gathered and taught of various topics such as effective parenting, family relationships, etc.  Through the FDS, DSWD Pantawid Pamilya Municipal Links will teach them on proper sanitation and cleanliness which include personal hygiene, food hygiene, proper garbage disposal, and environmental sanitation to maintain the cleanliness in the evacuation center.

He added that close living quarters such evacuation centers increase the amount of contact between people, and toilet facilities are being shared which may spread illnesses to other residents as well as with DSWD staff. “In this case, we need to educate them on sanitation and hygiene for their own good. We also encourage the evacuees to maintain the cleanliness of their living areas in the evacuation centers as a preventive measure against illnesses that are common in evacuation centers,” he said.

The hygiene and sanitation needs in the JFE Sports Complex will be addressed first due to the number of evacuees staying in the said evacuation center. However, hygiene and sanitation interventions for the other evacuation centers will immediately follow. Earlier, the DSWD has already distributed hygiene kits containing soap, detergent, towel and a pail to evacuees in the center. ###

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DSWD to earmark P3.9B for Zambo rehabilitation

Zamboanga City, September 22 — Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman today announced that the government through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)will earmark a total of P3.9B for the early recovery and rehabilitation of those families affected by the ruthless Moro National Liberation Front-led crisis in Zamboanga City.

Secretary Soliman, who is on her 12th day stint in Zambanga City to oversee the continuing relief operations of the Department, emphasized that rehabilitation efforts are now being planned out by the DSWD in coordination with the Crisis Management Committee headed by Zamboanga City Mayor BengClimaco.

According to Secretary Soliman, the rehabilitation efforts will immediately commence once the city government of Zamboanga identifies the areas. “This is a huge challenge to us but the government is making sure that the early recovery and rehabilitation efforts are well organized and systematized,” she added.

“We will make sure that we will build back better communities for the affected families,” Secretary Soliman emphasized.

The rehabilitation plan for the victims of armed conflict in Zamboanga includes the continuing relief assistance for one month, balik-probinsiya program by providing the evacuees with transportation and incidental assistance, educational assistance to college students, supplementary feeding for children, cash-for-work program, construction of temporary and permanent shelters, and livelihood assistance.

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Lactating social worker breastfeeds babies in evacuation center in Zamboanga City

Social worker Evalinda Jimeno of Zamboanga Sibugay earned  the admiration of thousands of evacuees at the Joaquin F. Enriquez, Jr. Sports Complex or grandstand in Zamboanga City when she offered herself to breastfeed hungry babies in between her task of registering  evacuees for the family access card.
Jimeno is a lactating mother who chose to share her breastmilk to babies in dire need of milk. In front of evacuees, she willingly took one baby at a time and breastfed them, without  any inhibitions.
Jimeno said that although the Department has enough supply of milk for children 0-6 years old she emphasized that “ breastmilk is still the best, so mothers must be encouraged to continue breastfeeding.”
“I hope that my simple act of breastfeeding will make them realize that babies need a mother’s milk,” Jimeno further said.  Jimeno shared that she breastfed all her children including the youngest who is six months old.
“As social workers, we should continue to explore all possible interventions to cater to the needs of clients especially during critical times, such as this,” Jimeno said.  Jimeno was referring to the on-going clash between  government troops and the Moro National Liberation Front-Misuari faction.
Social Welfare and Development Secretary Dinky Soliman agreed with Jimeno on the importance of giving breastmilk to infants.
“We set-up a Women Friendly Space  at the evacuation center where mothers can breastfeed their babies. We also continue to provide feeding to lactating mothers to help them produce their own milk,” Secretary Soliman added.
Secretary Soliman said that there are presently 22 lactating mothers at the grandstand evacuation center. ### (DSWD-Social Marketing Service) September 21, 2013.

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Update on Armed Conflict

Supplementary Feeding is done at the temporary Day Care center. Sept. 18, 2013

Prayer tents for our muslim brothers and sisters.  Sept. 17, 2013prayer tent

Story-telling time for the day care kids at the JFE Evac camp. Sept. 16, 2013


The Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) ensures continuous supply of water for evacuees at

JFE Sports Complex. Sept. 15, 2013


President Pnoy visits the thousands of evacuees in Joaquin Enriquez Sports Complex in Zamboanga City. Sept. 14, 2013


Women-evacuees assisting in the community kitchen under the Cash for Work program. sept.13, 2013


Sec. Dinky, Sec. Mar Roxas and Mayor Beng address the thousands of evacuees at the grandstand. Assured them of continuous supply of food and provision of other basic needs like mats and tents (09/12/13)


Staff from DSWD neighboring regions (X,XI, Caraga) helps out in the installation of the tents for the evacuees

dswd staff

Kids playing “Luksong Tinik” at the Special Day Care while awaiting for their session…

kids playing

DSWD Sec. Dinky and DILG Sec. Mar Roxas talk to a family-evacuee during their monitoring visit at the grandstand

mar roxas

Sec. Dinky talks to a young mother assuring her of more tents for infants, older persons and senior citizens..


Continuous provision of meals and family packs to Samal and Badjao families who preferred to camp along the shores of Cawa-cawa across the main evac center. Badjaos are traditionally known to be ‘boat dwellers’ and are popularly known as ‘sea gypsies

sea gypsies



















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Update on Zamboanga armed conflict


Due to the recently concluded security briefing with the concerned military and police officials, the following revisions to the advisory are being made to include the following:

1. Only government agencies offering frontline services will continue operations tomorrow.

2. We continue to urge business establishments selling basic necessities such as groceries, pharmacies, gasoline stations, reloading stations and the like, to be opened starting tomorrow except those in affected areas. We likewise appeal to business establishments to ensure that prices of commodities remain stable. The buying public is also advised not to resort to panic buying but purchase provisions enough for the day to prevent shortage of supplies.

3. We likewise reiterate that all schools, public or private, will remain closed today, September 11, 2013.

For emergencies and other concerns please contact our hotline numbers: 992-2385 or 992-3137 for the command center, 117 or 166 and 09063680749 for the City Police Office

Source: Office of the City Mayor

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