May 2011 Report

Last March 10, 2006, several Tibungco scholars of Fr. Bob Hogan sought the help of ISFI to assist the Smokey Mountain Scavengers and Neighborhood Association, Inc. (SMSNAI).

The community is one of the most vulnerable in the city – for they compose of the former scavengers who used to live in a dumpsite along the Diversion Road, Ma-a, Davao City. The City Government of Davao relocated these people to a resettlement site, some 25 kilometers from the city proper. The distance has severely limited the economic options of the community, as well as their access to basic social services.

ISFI, immediately after request, deployed community organizers in the area to assess their living condition.

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