Mar, Dinky visit Zambo to check on Z3R updates PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 20 July 2015 11:31

by Sheila Covarrubias

Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas and Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman will be in Zamboanga City Monday, July 20 to check on the status of the recovery and rehabilitation efforts for families affected by the 2013 siege.

Roxas and Soliman will spearhead together with Mayor Beng Climaco and Internal Organization for Migration (IOM) Chief of Mission Marco Boasso the ceremonial handover of 292 single detached recovery shelters in barangay Kasanyangan, a project jointly implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the IOM.

Along with the recovery shelters, to be turned over also are WASH facilities and a boardwalk.

Prior to the ceremonial handover ceremonies set to be held at the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management office (CDRRMO) compound, the top officials will have a site inspection and walk through visit at the Kasanyangan transitory site, the latest to be established to house internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Kasanyangan is also an off-site resettlement area for IDPs under the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R) program.

Secretary Soliman, who arrived in the City Sunday, will also join Mayor Climaco and other officials early morning Monday in the ceremonial demolition decommissioning of structures at the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex (JEMSC) or grandstand symbolizing the closure of the facility as an evacuation center and transitory site.

Roxas is expected to arrive in the city Monday morning and will join in the site inspection in Kasanyangan and in the ceremonial handover at the CDRRMO compound.

The Z3R program is continuously progressing as more permanent houses are scheduled for turnover in the days to come. Last July 20, a total of 175 houses- 113 in Lustre Home Owners Association village in Sta. Catalina and 62 in Islamic Village in Sta. Barbara were turned over by the National Housing Authority (NHA) to the local government unit and eventually to the IDPs.   Recovery efforts are also being fast tracked through joint efforts by the national and local governments with support from humanitarian partners.  — Sheila Covarrubias