120 Paniran permanent houses turned over PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 13:13

In fitting observance of the first year since the September 9, 2013 siege, some 120 permanent houses in Paniran were turned over by the National Housing Authority in cooperation with the local government yesterday.

The 120 houses are part of the 141 permanent houses to be constructed in Paniran.  The remaining number, currently at various stages of construction, will be awarded to its new owners at a later date.

In another development, the government also broke ground for the houses on stilts project in Mariki, one of the areas hardest hit by the siege last year. A total of 642 houses on stilts are expected to be constructed on the 71,303 sq.m. lot, a portion of the land covered by Presidential Proclamation 1458. The project was contracted at the amount of P137.72M.

The mayor was joined by Department of Social Welfare and Development Undersecretary for Operations and Programs Parisya Taradji, Department of National Defense Undersecretary for Defense Operations Natalio Ecarma III, Philippine Red Cross Chairman Richard Gordon, and First District Rep. Celso Lobregat, among others, in lowering the time capsule during the ground breaking rites.

Family-beneficiaries of the permanent houses in Paniran excitedly received the keys to their new home after months of staying at evacuation camps and transitory sites after fleeing their homes at the height of the siege.

Also present to witness the proceedings were humanitarian partners, representatives from the National Housing Authority, UP Planning and Development Research Foundation Inc. (UP PLANADES), the Philippine Marines, the Philippine National Police, the religious sector and members of the city council.

The Mariki rehabilitation and Paniran resettlement projects are part of the Zamboanga Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R). — Claudine Uniana