Beng seeks Gazmin’s aid to expedite Z3R plan, PCNA PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 June 2014 11:24

Mayor Beng Climaco has sought the assistance of National Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin to intercede for the expeditious release of remaining funds under the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R) Plan as well as the funds needed by the sectors listed in the Post Conflict Needs Assessment (PCNA) document.

In a teleconference with Sec. Gazmin recently, Mayor Climaco requested the secretary’s assistance for the speedy release of the remaining Z3R funds to agencies concerned for the acquisition, development and construction of military facilities in barangay Rio Hondo.

The project component will be jointly implemented by the Department of National Defense (DND) and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

The Z3R plan is a P3.5 billion package, as approved by President Noynoy Aquino. Of the total amount, P2.56 billion has been downloaded for shelter, land acquisition, land development, assistance and contingency. Included in the plan is the construction of a military reservation in barangay Rio Hondo with the cost of P143.67 million.

In addition to the remaining Z3R funds, Mayor Climaco also asked Sec. Gazmin to intercede for and in behalf of the city for the release of funds needed by the sectors listed in the PCNA document of the Office of Civil Defense.

The mayor emphasized that basic infrastructures such as water, electricity and telecommunication to be placed alongside the houses that the NHA will build and that the Department of Education badly needs the affected schools to be ready to accept students by the time the people will move back to their communities.

“It is also expected that the other sectors under PCNA need to be in place when people will be back in tier respective communities,” she pointed out.

Climaco expressed confidence that with Gazmin’s assistance, the Z3R plan with the build back better concept can be realized.

With Gazmin during the teleconference was National Disaster Risk Reduction Council Executive Director Retired    Navy Chief Alexander Pama while together with Mayor Climaco was City Planning and Development Coordinator Engr. Rodrigo Sicat.

For his part, Sec. Gazmin has assured his full support to the mayor’s request and has tasked the agencies concerned to work closely with the local government and implementing agencies.  — Sheila Covarrubias