200 Z3R houses in Taluksangay done PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 18 May 2015 09:38

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

The National Housing Authority (NHA) on Saturday formally turned over to the local government and to the beneficiaries the remaining 84 permanent houses on stilts constructed under the Z3R program in Taluksangay completing the total 200 permanent housing package in the area.

Recall that last February 26, the initial 116 houses on stilts were turned over to the beneficiaries during ceremonies held also in Taluksangay coinciding with the celebration of Dia de la Ciudad de Zamboanga.

Mayor Beng Climaco thanked the NHA for exerting all efforts to complete all the 18 Z3R housing packages despite the numerous challenges besetting the agency amid the timeline set by the President.

“Today is a very meaningful day, as the government turns over permanent houses to victims of the 2013 siege,” the mayor said, as she acknowledged District II Cong. Lilia Nuno ang Taluksangay Barangay Chairman Abdurahman Nuno for taking into their fold a number of affected families with the setting up of the transitory site and now the permanent resettlement area.

She appealed to the beneficiaries to support and cooperate with the government to ensure the realization of the concept “Build Back Better Zamboanga.”

NHA District Manager Engr. Al Indanan said the NHA remains ready and willing to deliver the permanent housing target for the Z3R with only 45 days left before the end of the target set by the president.

He acknowledged the efforts of the contractor, Metro Stonerich Corporation for completing the project ahead of the target date. “To all the beneficiaries, we are doing everything we can para mapabilis at mapaayos ang mga bahay na binibigay sa inyo.”

He asked the beneficiaries to care good care of the units awarded to them and to seek assistance of the NHA or the local government for any problems that may crop up concerning the housing units.

Cong. Nuno for her part expressed gratitude to the government, as she vowed to continue coordinating and partnering with the local government for programs for the benefit of the IDPs.

Aside from the turnover of houses, food packs were also distributed to the beneficiaries courtesy of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Also present during the turnover Saturday were Councilors Charlie Mariano and Rommel Agan, Social Welfare Regional Director Zenaida Jayme, City Social Welfare Officer Socorro Rojas and representatives from the humanitarian organizations and cluster heas. — Sheila Covarrubias