City seeks Gazmin help for speedy release of grandstand rehab funds PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 27 July 2015 10:39

The City Government has asked Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin to help facilitate the speedy release of the funds for the grandstand rehabilitation.

And if possible, the city government requests that the P240 million funding identified under the Post Conflict and Needs Assessment (PCNA) be downloaded to the local government to allow the latter to implement the project.

The City Government team led by Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, who was the City caretaker last Thursday met with Sec. Gazmin at the Western Mindanao Command conference room to discuss updates concerning the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery where the city’s request was presented.

City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office head and concurrent Assistant City Administrator Elmeir Apolinario said the City Government hopes to implement the project as it intends to fast track the same.

Based on its timeline, if plans will not miscarry, the grandstand rehabilitation will be completed by March 2016. The city hopes to tap at least 8 to 10 contractors to work on the project simultaneously to ensure its early completion.

According to Apolinario, the design of the project specifically the exterior has been prepared by the United Architects of the Philippines-Zamboanga Chavacano Chapter while the interior design is being prepared by the City Engineer’s Office.

On the other hand, the City has also sought the assistance of Sec. Gazmin to help secure the release of the funds for the purchase of the MIndeva property in Rio Hondo where the military base is set to be constructed.  The funds for the sewerage system in permanent housing areas was also discussed during the meeting with Gazmin.

The property costs P50M but only P35 million is allocated under the PCNA funds.

As this developed, Sec. Gazmin promised to follow up the city’s requests with the concerned agencies in Manila but strongly recommended that the City in sending its requests should attach all documentary requirements to ensure its early approval and release. — Sheila Covarrubias