Lustre, Islamic Village welcome Z3R homes PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 July 2015 10:47

Siege-affected families from the Lustre Homeowners Association Inc., in Sta. Catalina and Islamic Village in Sta. Barbara were ushered into their new homes as the National Housing Authority (NHA) and the City Government of Zamboanga unveiled the 175 permanent housing units completed under the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R) plan.

A total of 113 homes were turned over in Lustre at Sta. Catalina while 62 homes were delivered to elated residents of the Islamic Village in Sta. Barbara in two separate ceremonies headed by City Mayor Beng Climaco and officials from national and local government agencies Wednesday, July 15.

To further assist the families get back on their feet, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) also facilitated the turnover of the Php 10,000.00 financial assistance to all returning families.

The financial assistance is intended for the connection of utilities, specifically light and water, to the permanent homes of each IDP family.

In her message, Climaco lauded the returning families for their faith, trust, and sacrifice which were tested by time during the wait for their permanent homes.

The chief executive also challenged residents of both Lustre and the Islamic Village to be partners in the path to recovery and rehabilitation, and to “make something beautiful”.

“We cannot provide for everything. We need partnerships, and thus, we will have a community,” Climaco said.

The 175 homes in Lustre and Islamic Village mark, respectively, the 7th and the 8th turnover of completed permanent homes since August last year. Turned over permanent shelter projects include the 44 units in Martha, 143 units in Paniran, 16 units in St. Peter, 200 units houses on stilts in Taluksangay, the initial 50 units in Lustre, and the 127 houses on stilts in Mariki.

The Lustre Homeowners Association (HOA) housing package consists of total 154 single loftable units. The remaining units have already been completed but documents for the turnover are still under process. The association’s housing program is originally under the Community Mortgage Program (CMP).

The Islamic Village HOA package, on the other hand consists of 67 single loftable units. The remaining 5 units have not yet started construction. The association originally acquired the housing program through lot purchase.

Present during the ceremonies were DSWD IX Regional Director Zeny Arevola, Engr. Rey Bolay-og of the NHA, Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) Vice-President Atty. Maria Rosalie Taguian, CSWDO head Sokee Rojas, and City Housing head Rodrigo Pagotaisidro.

Also present were representatives of the respective project contractors, barangay officials led by Sta. Catalina chairperson Jimmy Villaflores and Sta. Barbara chairperson Abdulhamid S. Irin, and members of the two housing communities.