Binay, Beng tackle Z3R PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 10 November 2014 11:16

Vice President Jejomar Binay and Mayor Beng Climaco met Saturday afternoon in City Hall to discuss updates relative to the ongoing construction of houses and other infrastructures under the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R).

Accompanying the vice president during his visit to City Hall were Valenzuela Congressman Sherwin Gatchalian and former Margarita “Tingting” Cojuangco. On the part of the City Government, Mayor Climaco was accompanied by Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, some members of the City Council and City Planning and Development Coordinator Engr. Rodrigo Sicat. Also present was National Housing Authority District Manager Engr. Al Indanan.

After the meeting, the vice president and party together with Mayor Climaco and other city officials proceeded to Lustre, Sta. Catalina and other project sites where permanent housing under the Z3R plan are being constructed.

Mayor Climaco with the assistance of Engr. Sicat, briefed Binay on the progress of the ongoing recovery and rehabilitation efforts over a year after the 2013 siege.

From the over 120,000 individuals affected at the height of the siege, the number has dropped to over 20,000 individuals temporarily staying in the remaining two evacuation centers and 8 transitory sites.

The mayor also shared concerns on funding and delays in the implementation of some projects due to procurement process and legal problems that come with the purchase of lots.

Engr. Indanan explained the process of the implementation of the housing projects, which the NHA is designated as project implementer.

Binay suggested that an office of the presidential assistant for rehabilitation for Zamboanga be created. The office shall oversee the projects as well as recommend policies to expedite the projects, he said.

He also called on NHA to fast track the construction of the housing on stilts and for NHA to come up with its findings on the houses in Lustre, Sta. Catalina which were discovered to be constructed with the use of substandard materials.

Binay was in the city whole day Saturday to keynote the opening ceremony of the Centennial Jamboree at the Ecozone in San Ramon. — Sheila Covarrubias