127 Mariki families return to permanent homes PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 09:04

The Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R) plan with the build back better concept is steadily moving forward, as the government on Monday turned over the initial 127 houses on stilts to the first batch of families displaced by the 2013 siege.

Spearheaded by Mayor Beng Climao and National Housing Authority (NHA) District Manager Engr. Al Indanan, the houses turned over Monday were the first of the total 642 units targeted for construction in the Mariki area.

“Today, together with the NHA, we turned over 127 houses on stilts in Mariki to the first batch families displaced by the 2013 siege. Mariki was the entry point of the raiders and was hardest hit by the human-induced violence,” Mayor Beng Climaco said stressing that the event Monday was a monumental proof that the Z3R plan with the concept of build back better Zamboanga is moving forward.

The Mariki permanent housing is one of the housing packages under the Z3R with a total of 642 units with a total allocation of P137.72 million. It is undertaken by the Gulf-Canary Construction and Development Corporation with a project duration of 300 calendar days. The project has a total area of 71,300 square meters.

As this developed, Engr. Indanan assured that light and water connection and other amenities will be made available before the start of the Ramadan next week.

Indanan said the NHA hopes to deliver the President’s commitment of finishing the projects by the end of June 2014 however due to various challenges such as lack of home materials.

Mayor Climaco meanwhile, called on the beneficiaries of the first batch of housing units turned over to work together and cooperate with the government in the effort to build back a better Zamboanga.

Present during the turnover Monday were some members of the City Council, representatives from the different sectors under the Early Recovery Coordination Structure, the barangay council led by Chair Hadja Palma Hasim, police officials and other agencies. — Sheila Covarrubias