Oro to implement shelter plan for evacuation, relocation-A A +A
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
A PROACTIVE development to lessen the chaos in handling evacuation in times of disasters, and the relocation of informal settlers have been established by the city government through its Comprehensive Local City Shelter Plan (CLCSP) to address immediately the needs of the affected families.
The CLCSP was conceptualized by the local government after Mayor Oscar Moreno directed the City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) and the City Planning Office and line departments to come up with a blueprint to address homelessness in the city.
The CLCSP is currently being reviewed by the United Nations Habitat, Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council, and other line agencies and would be implemented starting 2014 to 2022.
Moreno said despite the time frame of the plan, his administration would be doing one step at a time the programs of work after projects have been prioritized.
“The plan would hasten our responses to calamities in addressing rescue, evacuation and rehabilitation of the affected sector. And the relocation or transfer of the informal settlers in the future would be in an orderly manner,” Moreno said.
“We will be doing the ‘baby’ step approach and learn from each step what needs to be corrected and improved,” he added.
No easy fix
Moreno said there is no easy fix in addressing the concerns and needs “of our people, but something has to be done according to priority.”
Teddy Sabuga-a, CSWD officer, said the city has yet to address the shelter need of close to 35,000 families of informal settlers in the city including the concerns of the 5,000 families affected by the recent natural calamities.
He said the identification of the evacuation or relocation sites are well evaluated by the concerned agencies, particularly the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), which will determine the viability and safety of the affected families.
“With the Environmental Clearance Certificate issued by the EMB, we are ascertained of sound relocation sites, unlike the previous relocation projects where houses were built in danger zones, like in slopes,” Sabuga-a said.
Sabuga-a said the city is now on the process of crafting comprehensive land use plan to identify areas in the city for relocation projects and other land use programs.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on July 02, 2014.