Climaco thanks Pres. Aquino for P50M siege recovery fund PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 June 2015 10:19

by VIC LARATO

Mayor Beng Climaco yesterday thanked Pres. Aquino for the release of P50-million Presidential Bridging Fund to help the city government pay for the utility services and other projects at the different siege recovery sites.

Climaco said foremost of the city government’s financial obligations as a result of the September 2013 siege were the utility bills for the water and electricity services in different evacuation centers and transitory sites for the internally displaced persons (IDPs).

“With this amount, the city government can now pay its debts with the utilities (Zamcelco and water district),” Climaco assured the press briefing in City Hall, where she received the check for P45 million from  Riduan P. Hadjimuddin, assistant regional director of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 9.

The amount represents the first tranche of P50 million assistance to recovery sites, pursuant to the memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the city government of Zamboanga and the DSDWD.

In her letter dated yesterday, DSWD-FO9 Regional Director Zenaida Arevalo informed Mayor Climaco that the amount downloaded shall be used in accordance to the budget breakdown as considered and approved by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

The budget breakdown includes P14 million to pay the city’s debts to Zamcelco that also covers the electric bills for the months of January to July 2015.

Other obligations to be paid from the P45 million siege recovery fund are: P14.175 million for the desludging  activities from Jan. to Jul. 2015; P2.5 million for the regular requirements at Masepla 2 Transitory Site;  P4.541 million water needs/requirements at transitory sites; P466,000 for lumber materials for the construction of boardwalk in Buggoc Transitory Site; P1.153 million for bunkhouses and single detached units at Masepla; and P5 million for the construction of elevated water tank to service the IDPs and residents of Sitio Masepla in Barangay Mampang. — Vic Larato