Climaco elated over 240 Z3R houses for Mariki PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 July 2015 10:45

by Vic Larato

Mayor Beng Climaco was elated yesterday over the upcoming construction of additional 240 houses on-stilts in Sitio Hong Kong, Mariki under the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R) Permanent Housing Project.

In a meeting with officials from the National Housing Authority (NHA), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), City Housing and Land Management, City Planning and Development Coordinator, and other stakeholders, Mayor Climaco disclosed that as early as December 2013 or three months after the siege she had requested from DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson, the focal person of Z3R Project, for the construction of additional 200 permanent housing units for the displaced Sitio Hong Kong habitants..

“It has been approved and NHA will begin the construction in a month’s time. The housing project is in addition to the Z3R permanent housing projects already being implemented,” the mayor said.

Engr. Al Indanan, NHA head, reported during the meeting with Mayor Climaco that the Z3R Sitio Hong Kong Rehabilitation Project will involve the construction of 240 houses on-stilts with footbridges in the amount of P53 million.

“We call this the crowning glory of Z3R Permanent Housing because this will interconnect Rio Hondo, Lupah-Lupah, Vale Vista and Paniran with footbridges. This will also complete the commitment for permanent housing units in Z3R,” Engr. Indanan said, adding that the project will be bided out to private contractors early next week, after which construction work will start immediately.

City Hounsing and Land Management Officer Rodrigo Pagotaisidro informed the mayor that the Hong Kong houses on-stilts will be awarded to the original inhabitants numbering 206 families and the remaining units will be given to settlers from Sitios Patah and Luipah-Lupah.

However, Indanan said the Hong Kong project can be finalized only with approval or endorsement by the Local Inter-Agency Council (LIAC), of which the mayor is the chairperson.

“Consider it done, Engr. Al. We really need this project because we lobbied for this,” Climaco said. The LIAC will convene tomorrow, July 31.

The mayor has instructed Pagotaisidro and Engr. Rodrigo Sicat to facilitate the Hong Kong permanent housing project.— Vic Larato