City mulls actions for Lustre, Mariki projects PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 November 2014 11:48

The City Government is considering the next steps to expedite and address the issues for the housing projects in Lustre and Mariki.

The aforementioned projects are currently under investigation following reports and findings that materials used in the construction of the  permanent housing units were below standard.

City Planning Officer Engr. Rodrigo Sicat reported Monday that the composite team of the local government tasked to inspect the Lustre and Mariki projects have submitted its initial findings to the Office of the City Mayor and other departments concerned for appropriate action.

Considering that the temporary suspension will affect the timeline for the construction of the Lustre and Mariki homes but also the entire Z3R plan timeline, Sicat said that the local government is considering options on how to address the issues and pending investigations for the projects.

One option being considered is the possibility of letting the contractor continue the construction of the affected units, and retrofitting it structurally.

Another option is for the contractor to commence with the other units, and leaving the structures in question for investigation of the third-party monitoring team.

The local government is also pushing for a third-party monitoring team to conduct an independent assessment and investigation on the projects, said Sicat.

Last week, Mayor Beng Climaco expressed dismay at the materials used for the construction of the permanent homes, and called for its immediate suspension.

In his recent visit to the City, Vice President Jejomar Binay contacted and directed senior officials of the National Housing Authority (NHA) to expedite and to address the concerns of the housing construction. The Vice President will also be conferring with the President for the possible formation of an office for a presidential assistant for rehabilitation whose sole focus and priority will be the recovery of Zamboanga City.

As this developed, NHA Zamboanga District Manager Engr. Al Indanan ascertained that their office will comply with the findings and recommendations of the local government.

Indanan said that the supplier found to have supplied the substandard materials will also be banned from the Z3R projects as NHA conducts its own assessment and investigation of its suppliers and contractors. Sanctions and administrative cases will be filed upon completion of the investigations.

“We would like to always assure the general public that the NHA is doing its best to safeguard the construction, and to provide quality permanent housing,” said Indanan, noting that the NHA had its own lapses in site engineering and in the monitoring of the projects.

“To tell you frankly, kung may fault ang contractor, NHA is equally at fault. May site engineer kame diyan, it is up to our site engineers to really check the quality of the materials being delivered at the projects site. These are problems which are being addressed. We hope we can prevent any future occurrence of the same,” he said. — Jasmine Mohammadsali