Rehab plan, not a dream — Beng PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 11:21

Mayor Beng Climaco on Monday reassured the public that the rehabilitation plan for Zamboanga City and its internally displaced persons (IDPs) will not remain simply as plans, but will most definitely push through.

“Eto ay totoo, at hindi ito panaginip,” said Climaco echoing Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson’s declaration, during the press briefing Monday, March 10 at the City Hall Press Room.

According to Climaco, it will be the National Housing Authority (NHA), along with the DPWH that will be the primary agency handling the bulk of the rehabilitation response, which will include the construction of roads and housing units for the IDPs.

The City Government, for its part, however, will be very stringent when it comes to accepting and approving the different plans submitted by the concerned agencies as these will have to comply with the rules and regulations for environmental protection, and other legalities.

As Zamboanga City prepares for the different aspects of rehabilitation, Climaco highlighted the importance of dialogue and the need to communicate the ongoing developments to both the IDPs sheltered in the evacuation centers and transitory sites, and majority of the population.

“Much dialogue has to be done,” said Climaco. “We want them to know [IDPs and general public] what really is the plan of the government,” she noted.

Climaco also highlighted the different resolutions approved by the Local Inter-Agency Committee (LIAC) in response to the needs of IDPs and the rehabilitation plan. These include: a resolution expanding of the existing policy restricting the relocation of IDPs to Rio Hondo transitory site to include families who do not have children studying in Rio Hondo elementary school but who wish to transfer at the said transitory site, subject to the criteria for transfer of the DSWD and CSWDO; and a resolution to strictly enforce a temporary no-build, no-return policy in certain areas in Sta. Catalina, Sta. Barbara, Rio Hondo and Mariki, until the UP Planades will finalize the development plan, and the affected areas and lots are properly delineated.

Also approved were the resolutions enjoining contractors who will undertake Z3R projects to consider the hiring of IDPs as laborers and skilled workers with the DSWD and CSWDO, and authorizing the City to utilize the 19 hectare property in Mampang as temporary relocation site for the families occupying the RT Lim Boulevard.

Preparations for the acquisition of the said property are underway, said Climaco.

In response to the question of when IDPs will transfer, Climaco explained that no specific date has been set.

“Si ma’am, hinde pa pwede abla finalmente cwando, pero tiene kita maga deadlines, y ojala, na fin del deaton mes, pwede ya kita prepara el maga lugar, para el deaton maga IDPs cambia ya kanila from the RT Lim Boulevard to a safer and more comfortable transitory site, para pwede ya tambien empesa el NHA akel maga houses that we need to build,” explained Climaco. — Jasmine Mohammadsali