Singson inspects Z3R project implementation PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 16 August 2014 13:49

Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson visited the City yesterday to check on the status of projects being implemented under the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R).

“The instruction of the president is to fast track the projects,” Singson said during the inter-agency meeting at the conference room of the Department of Public Works and Highways in Tumaga where he proceeded upon arrival at the airport.

In his state of the nation address (SONA) last July 28, President Aquino discussed about the ongoing efforts to rehabilitate the areas affected by the 2013 siege in Zamboanga. He disclosed that residents of Martha Homeowners Association Inc. in Sta. Catalina can already return to their homes this August, while other projects under the Z3R program are under various stages of implementation.

Mayor Beng Climaco, who was present in the meeting along with Congresspersons Celso Lobregat of District I and Lilia Nuño of District II and heads of clusters under the rehabilitation coordination structure presented issues and concerns related to the Z3R implementation. These include possible delays in reconstruction works for school buildings, health and other related facilities; the need to clarify how government funds may be given to private institutions; need to determine which agency may have access and how to the contingency funds component of the budget and the need to strengthen institutional arrangements and capacities for implementation.

During the meeting, the Cabinet official was also briefed on camp coordination and camp management by the Department of Social Welfare and Development regional director Araceli Arevalo and City Social Welfare Officer Socorro Rojas; temporary shelter by Assistant City Administrator Elmeir Apolinario, Ph.D.; permanent housing by National Housing Authority (NHA) Zamboanga head Engr. Al Indanan and road and drainage packages by DPWH regional director Engr. George Sebastian.

After the meeting, Mayor Climaco and the two congresspersons ushered Sec. Singson to the project sites specifically in Rio Hondo, Mariki, Sta. Catalina, Kasanyangan, Mampang and Sta. Barbara to personally see for themselves the progress in the implementation of the project.

Singson urged all the implementing agencies—the DPWH regional office which undertakes the road and drainage projects, the National Housing Authority which is in charge of the housing projects, the DSWD and the local government unit and all other agencies concerned to collaborate with each other to ensure the timely implementation of the project.

He also expressed hopes that the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex, RT Lim Boulevard and two schools being used as evacuation centers would be cleared of internally displaced persons the soonest possible time.

The secretary said the clearing of the evacuation centers could not also be done hastily as the government has to be sensitive to the cultures of the people and that the consequences should be properly addressed.

He disclosed that funding for the housing and the road packages are released on time and what is being awaited is the utilities component.

On the other hand, Singson said the president’s SONA promise to have the Martha, Sta. Catalina residents returned to their places this August will be realized as the project is right on track. — Sheila Covarrubias