LIAC tackles Code of Policies on Z3R beneficiaries PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 March 2015 12:16

The Local Inter-Agency Committee (LIAC) last Tuesday comprehensively discussed the proposed Code of Policies on Beneficiary Selection and Award of Shelter Assistance under the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R).

The draft code of policies also includes the Implementing Rules and Regulations on Awards, Arbitration and Beneficiary Selection for Z3R permanent housing projects.

The code of policies governs the qualifications and selection of beneficiaries, disposition of residential relocation lots, emergency shelter assistance, the allocation of permanent shelter units and other matters pertaining to the disposition and/or awarding of shelter assistance under the Z3R.

Mayor Beng Climaco said the document is considered the general and specific policies which shall ensure the success of the Z3R program. The same is indispensable for the mutual guidance of the beneficiaries and program implementers.

From the LIAC, the code of policies will be forwarded to the City Council for approval.

Based on the code of policies, the city government shall provide all the necessary data for the proper planning and implementation of the development plans for the different project sites. The National  Housing Authority (NHA) shall provide the required technical assistance and implement all Z3R permanent housing projects and assist in all the activities to be undertake by the city government in pursuit of the realization of the Z3R.

The Z3R projects cater to the homeless or landless families who are victims of the 23-day crisis that hit the city in September 2013. As a matter of policy, families affected by the4 siege as determined by the code will be given priority for immediate permanent relocation.

The code of policies also indicates the master list of victim families who are informal settlers, residents living in danger zones, legitimate landowners, residents of areas with presidential proclamations and indigenous peoples to include families affected by government infrastructure projects in Z3R areas. The master shall be generated based on the socio-economic survey conducted by the Department of Social welfare and Developmetn and the City Social Welfare and Development and validated by the Housing and Land Management Division of the City Mayor’s office.

The code is based on “applicable laws, rules and principles both national and international pertinent to the protection needs preference and/or prioritization of the vulnerability groups”. (— Sheila Covarrubias