The Ateneo de Zamboanga University Recovery and Assistance Program (AdZU-RAP), together with International Labour Organization (ILO), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Office of the City Agriculturist (OCA) and different organizations had its Zamboanga IDPs Recovery, Rehabilitation and Development Plan for Livelihood and Food Security Cluster Workshop on Coordination and Decent Work Principles and Standards on March 3, 2015 at the Carlos Dominguez Conference Hall, LRC Building, ADZU Campus, Zamboanga City. The workshop was spearheaded by the Office of the City Agriculturist/Office of the City Veterinarian and co-led by the International Labour Organization/Food and Agriculture Organization.
It was proposed during the workshop that a new Structural Framework be presented and should be geared towards harmonizing all the clusters’ efforts on livelihood and food security. The proposed framework will have four clusters: 1. Employment Task Force, 2. Industry/Trade/Service, 3. Agricultural and Livestock and 4. Fisheries. These sub-clusters will meet and synergize livelihood efforts to help the IDPs of Zamboanga City.
The Livelihood cluster also discussed the proposed plans and activities. In the welcome remarks of our Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco – Salazar she stated that “We must not allow the IDPs to depend much on the available funding. Rather we have them empowered.”
Also in attendance for Ateneo de Zamboanga University were Ms. Perla Arlene Ledesma, Director of Ateneo Peace Instititue and Ms. Loreta R. Sta. Teresa Director of Center of Community Extension Services who constantly works for the IDPs.
We once again ask everyone to support and participate in this endeavor. For those who are interested and may have proposals on helping the displaced people of Zamboanga City you may look for the AdZU-RAP coordinator Mr. John Mayo M. Enriquez at the SACSI office (062) 9910871 local 2224/2225. You may also email him at email@example.com/revamp.