Climaco wants security in Z3R sites tightened PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 August 2015 11:06

By JASMINE MOHAMMADSALI

Mayor Beng Climaco requested yesterday the police and military forces to tighten the security in the different Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Rehabilitation (Z3R) project sites, and to ensure the safety and welfare of personnel on the ground undertaking the completion of the components of the Z3R plan.

This, after utility agencies and contractors reported material losses on site and cases of physical assault on their personnel.

Climaco, who presided over the Local Inter-Agency Committee (LIAC) meeting yesterday, tasked the Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) and the Task Force Zamboanga (TFZ) to form a joint task group that will work on tightening the security of Z3R project sites and personnel working on the ground.

“I want the Marines down there to help secure the project sites,” Climaco ordered.

“We need to ensure that they must respect the rights of every citizen,” she further said, referring to those harassed construction workers and contractors.

Aside from security concerns, the LIAC also tackled issues regarding rehabilitation efforts, specifically fast-tracking the processing of building and occupancy permits for the permanent shelter projects to facilitate the timely connection of water and electricity to the homes of returning IDPs.

The committee likewise wanted to ensure compliance of permanent homes to the sanitary standards set by the local government, the completion of sewerage water and power lines within and outside project sites, and threshing out issues and concerns of the ongoing permanent shelter projects.

Contractors of the different housing projects were likewise on hand and, together with the NHA, were tasked to closely monitor the compliance of the requirements for the projects, specifically the processing of all necessary permits, so as not to cause undue delay.

Joining the LIAC was NHA Ma. Alma T. Valenciano, National Housing Authority (NHA) – Mindanao Group Manager, who said the NHA will be finalizing a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to transfer the necessary funds for the sanitation system of the project sites.

Also present in the LIAC meeting were representatives of Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco), Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD), and other national and local government agencies, and the humanitarian partners.— Jasmine Mohammadsali