City gov’t focused on rehab plans amidst hitches — Beng PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 April 2014 11:17

Mayor Beng Climaco the other day stressed that the City Government is aggressively pursuing rehabilitation plans and programs notwithstanding the numerous obstacles, which she said are merely temporary.

“We are determined and remain unfazed by all the temporary hitches. Todo esfuerzo del Gobierno local junto con el Gobierno nacional amo para el levantada del un mas mejor Zamboanga aunque tiene maga cuantos obstaculos que kita ta enfrenta,” the mayor declared during her weekly press briefing Monday.

As the overall commander for the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R), the mayor is in close coordination with the different clusters and the key agencies involved in the rehabilitation program.

“We have always been transparent in our actions and we will remain so, for it is our commitment and our responsibility,” she said stressing that there are limitations, processes to follow and intervening factors or circumstances that are beyond the LGU control. “Todo esfuerzo del Gobierno local junto con el Gobierno nacional amo para el levantada del un mas mejor Zamboanga aunque tiene maga cuantos obstaculos que kita ta enfrenta.”

Nevertheless, she said the different clusters under the rehabilitation coordination structure, have been and will continue to exhaust all efforts to ensure that proposed properties where temporary and permanent structures will be constructed are acquired and cleared of legal impediments before constructions will take place.

Social preparations are also undertaken not only for the internally displaced persons concerned but also for the host communities before any transfer or movement of IDPs from evacuation centers to transitory sites will happen, she added.

Meanwhile, City Planning and Development Coordinator Engr. Rodrigo Sicat, who is government lead for the rehabilitation cluster, enumerated the various factors that contributed to the temporary delay in the implementation of the Z3R. These include the cultural dynamics among the internally-displaced persons (IDPs), the “No Build Zone” policy of the national government as well as the dissimilar design specifications employed by the National Housing Authority (least cost, maximum benefit) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (durable enough to withstand the forces of nature and time at the least maintenance cost).

The city government is closely coordinating with both agencies to try synchronizing the policies,” he added. — Sheila Covarrubias/Claudine Uniana