3rd Z3R housing project completed PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 January 2015 12:01

Members of the St. Peter Homeowners Association (HOA) in Sta. Catalina were the third batch of beneficiaries of the permanent housing under the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R) project.

Mayor Beng Climaco together with National Housing Authority (NHA) District Manager Al Indanan and Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) Regional Director Gina Lumbre formally turned over Wednesday (January 14) to the 16 St. Peter HOA members the individual keys to their housing units. Sta. Catalina barangay chairman Jimmy Villaflores witnessed the ceremony.

The St. Peter’s HOA housing project is the third Z3R project to be completed and turned over to siege-families affected, since August 30, 2014 when the Martha HOA housing project also in Sta. Catalina was turned over to the 44 families. The Paniran HOA housing project with 143 houses followed suit on September 9, 2014.

The St. Peter’s HOA has a total of 19 members but only 16 availed of the housing project while the 3 others opted for home materials assistance which is equivalent to P30,000 worth of house materials  from the NHA and P5,000 cash to augment for the labor cost provided by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Mayor Climaco said despite the challenges besetting the city, the effort to build back a better Zamboanga aggressively continues. She expressed confidence that the NHA is strictly following requirements in the construction of permanent houses and that the government has to fulfil its commitment to complete the housing units by June 2015.

For now, Climaco said the city government is closely coordinating with organizations involved in the development stage of the Zamboanga response to ensure livelihood support and the prevention of gender-based violence, prostitution and health problems in the remaining evacuation centers and the transitory sites.

Beneficiaries of the housing projects acknowledged the efforts of the national and local governments in pursuing the Z3R plan and are grateful that they are back in their places of origin.

Indanan assured that the NHA in partnership with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will continue with the development work in the St. Peter HOA area to include road and drainage systems among others.

The light and water connection will be taken care of by the beneficiaries with the support of the NHA, DPWH and the local government, in accordance with the requirements of the different utility companies. — Sheila Covarrubias