Z3R housing project delay: ‘We have to bite bullet’ — NHA PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 November 2015 12:08

By BHONG SIMBAJON

The National Housing Authority (NHA) is willing to “bite the bullet” amid the series of investigations and inquiries being conducted by local and national government agencies about the pending completion of the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Rehabilitation (Z3R) projects in the city’s conflict areas.

NHA Regional Director Al-Quarismi Indanan said they fully understand the present situation wherein some sectors and even beneficiaries are getting emotional, because the project is already over-delayed from its expected completion by the end of this year.

Engr. Indanan said that although their office is the so called lead agency in the implementation of such infrastructure projects together with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the public should also understand that there are certain procedures beyond the powers and jurisdiction of NHA which need to be considered and be given actions.

He clarified that building multiple housing units for public consumption needs sanitation, water and power facilities, in which,  the provision of such is no longer within the jurisdiction of NHA.

Indanan said they are working double time to provide temporary facilities to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who can’t wait to transfer ahead of schedule totheir permanent housing units with certain conditions.

“We have to wait for the go signal and implementation of facilities from ZCWD for the water, ZAMCELCO for the power and the rest to complete the entire housing project and for the occupants to utilize it,” Indanan said.

At present, NHA have already completed some 1,000 permanent housing units ready for occupancy in the identified conflict areas, however, it cannot be turned over yet for proper disposition to its legitimate beneficiaries because the other necessary facilities are not yet in place.

“We will have to wait until December of this year for other concerned agencies to take action on the essential facilities needed by those completed housing units, or else, it will again prolong the agony of those IDPs who wish to go home already to their permanent shelters,” Indanan said.

NHA has projected another 12 to 18 months for the completion of the fiberglass septic tanks for the house on stilts which is also required by the government for sanitation purposes addressing environmental concerns in its present location along mangrove areas of the coastal barangays of Mariki and Rio Hondo.

Indanan said that other housing units within the Z3R jurisdiction is pending completion and the contractors are targeting the earliest possible time to finish the projects for the beneficiaries to be able to occupy it and call it their own, however, NHA is not certain as to the exact period of time for its completion.

It is for this reason that the CityCouncil  already called a dialogue on Tuesday with the NHA, DPWH and the LGU as well as other agencies involved in the Z3R projects in aid of legislation and as well as to determine the reasons of the over-delayed projects which has reached two years already since the project commenced its construction.

The long hours of dialogue which was centered on the queries of the city dads about the procedures, guidelines and implementation of the Z3R projects did not end with satisfaction to the majority of the council members, due to the limited answers as well as unsatisfactory explanations of the resource persons which did not convince the city officials resulting to the re-scheduling of another dialogue, but this time, it will be with the top most officials of the DPWH and NHA.

Through a resolution, the City Council invited DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson and NHA officials from Manila as well to personally visit the Z3R projects and inspect for themselves the progress and actual situation of the kilometric and un-ending construction of the controversial housing units being built by constrution firms contracted by the government agencies. – Bhong Simbajon/RMN News