HLMD ends validation of siege-affected structures PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 February 2015 12:01

The Housing and Land Management Division (HLMD) last weekend concluded validation of data for permanent shelter under the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R).

HLMD Chief Rodrigo Pagotaisidro said based on complete validation the final number of families to be included in the permanent housing is 8,165 or 917 more than the 7,248 families initially listed.

These families are classified under four categories: affected by fire (partial or total); owners of houses/structures located on areas declared as “No Return Zone” whether by fire or no damage and owners of structures hit by bullets or mortars.

Pagotaisidro said the final validated number of permanent shelter is a result of prudent and meticulous verification of documents and actual check of the areas where the houses were originally constructed.

Of the total 8,165 permanent houses to be constructed, 1,661 will avail of the Home Material Assistance (HOMA) program; 5,297 have been bid out for construction either on land or stilts leaving a balance of 1,207 houses.

Of the balance 1,207 houses, 290 remain were not included in the bidding earlier due to budget limitations leaving a total balance of 917 houses, which the local government is  now requesting for additional housing slots.

Based on the March 2014 data of 7,248 permanent houses for construction—1,661 were deducted for HOMA leaving a balance of 5,587 houses. However of the 5,587 houses, 5297 were bid out for housing construction either on land or stilts leaving a balance of 290 due to budget limitations.

Pagotaisidro said the validation has concluded and no more additional list will be included. — Sheila Covarrubias