UN Habitat kicks off dev planning workshop PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 January 2015 11:46

The first of a series of planning workshops spearheaded by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat) for the recovery, rehabilitation, and sustainable development of Zamboanga City kicked off yesterday, January 23 at Centro Latino.

Dubbed as the Zamboanga City Recovery, Rehabilitation and Sustainable Development Planning – Part 1, the main objective of the workshop is to incorporate the recovery and rehabilitation actions and strategies into LGU mandated plans to ensure sustainability of initiatives, and to initiate the local development planning process.

The workshop also highlighted the need to review the existing development plans of the City in a bid to determine its relevance to the current needs of the City, and to identify components, and strategies that need to be included.

In his presentation, City Planning and Development Office Head Engr. Rodrigo Sicat said that the crisis last September 2013 and the resulting Z3R plan which was conceived to address the rehabilitation needs of the affected barangays will be an important and deciding component in all of the City’s future development plans.

“We have to look at the planning of the City from all facets,” he said, underscoring security as one of the critical components that need to be integrated.

UN Habitat Country Programme Manager Christopher Rollo said that as a center of trade and culture, Zamboanga City is a “strong magnet”, and faces both opportunities and challenges.

He added that post-crisis efforts should be geared towards the recovery of the whole City as an urban system.

Mayor Beng Climaco expressed her gratitude for the support of the UN Habitat team, and assured the participants that the local government is ready to face the challenges.

“I am ready, by God’s grace, willing and able to face all the problems,” declared the Mayor.

Participating in the workshop were representatives from the local government and its respective departments, national government agencies, the private sector and the academe, the security sector to include the Zamboanga City Police Office and the Task Force Zamboanga, and non-government organizations and civil society groups.

Participants were clustered into groups to determine components that should be included in the development plan for the City, and identify contributing and negating factors and strategies for development.

Two more planning workshop will be held in the next few months, and all inputs will be consolidated in a final overall output to be submitted to the local government.

The City Government of Zamboanga is a recipient of technical assistance from the UN Habitat in the conduct of planning workshops on recovery, rehabilitation and sustainable development. The first planning workshop was spearheaded by the UN Habitat Team in coordination with the local government, through the City Planning and Development Office. — Jasmine Mohammadsali