Much have yet to be done in recovery efforts — Beng PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 November 2014 13:10

Mayor Beng Climaco has admitted that the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R) under the build back better strategy is yet a very long way to go, a year and three months after the siege.

“I think we are still in 4.5. We have a very long way to go and much have yet to be done,” Climaco replied when asked during Monday’s press briefing how she would rate the ongoing reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts to build back a better Zamboanga.

Climaco cited several concerns and problems hampering the recovery efforts like the challenges in substandard materials for the permanent shelters, no plans yet for repairs of schools destroyed by the siege and the day-to-day facilities for durable solutions to displaced families.

“There are many challenges that we have to meet. Of course, let us not forget the human losses of the siege,” the mayor said. “The people who are still suffering, those ill and those who died due to failing health or lack of health facilities,” she added.

Climaco, however, clarified that the emergency response to the siege had long ended but the humanitarian crisis is still ongoing.

“However, we are already in our early recovery phase and what we would like to ensure is that, to the best local government, given the resources the we have, meet the dignity of durable solutions to this crisis we are experiencing,” she explained, “meaning the standard of life of people—their rights and livelihood, their concerns of water, wash and education are addressed.

Concerning the complain on substandard materials used in the housing project at Lustre, Climaco said the order was to retrofit or repeat the units as agreed upon by the city engineer, the National Housing Authority (NHA) and the contractor.

“And if there is a need for us to file the necessary charges, then we are open to that. But we really have to work with NHA because it is the right agency that is looking after the integrity of the project,” Climaco told the press.

She said her administration is open to criticisms but solutions must be given as well. “People can always criticize us, but after criticizing, what help do you give us?” she inquired.— Vic Larato