Firms in delayed Z3R projects face contract cancellation PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 November 2015 14:13

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

Due to long delayed implementation of housing projects under the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R), the Local Inter-agency Committee (LIAC) which oversees implementation of projects, has recommended to the National Housing Authority (NHA) the cancellation of contracts and the imposition of liquidated damages.

City Legal Officer Jesus Carbon proposed the resolution which was unanimously approved by all the members present during the LIAC meeting Tuesday, November 24.

During the meeting, updates on the ongoing housing projects were reported by individual contractors contracted by the NHA to undertake the same.  Particular concern was raised on the implementation of houses on stilts in barangay Mariki as well as the Valle Vista in Kasanyangan. In Mariki, 642 houses are targeted for construction while 866 houses are intended for Valle Vista phase II.

Of the 642 houses on stilts targeted for construction in Mariki, 127 have been turned over to the beneficiaries and 311 are ready for turnover while the 204 are ongoing construction. In Valle Vista phase II, at least 196 units are ongoing construction of which 50 are with roof and 20 are partly with walls out of the total 866 units targeted for construction in the area.

LIAC members expressed dismay that no significant progress has been reported since the previous meetings of the committee. The reasons for the delay remain the same to include insufficient materials and lack of manpower among others even if measures have been set to address the situation in earlier meetings.

Jojo Abdussalam, the mayor’s executive assistant on Muslim Affairs, who temporarily presided over the meeting, said internally displaced persons (IDPs) continue to suffer in transitory sites and are calling for their immediate return to their places of origin.

The City Government, he stressed is being blamed for the delays.

The LIAC also tackled about the acquisition of the Vicente Chiong property, organization of PP69 Ayer Village into a Homeowners Association, individual lot survey of PP 472, finalization of PP472 families for HOMA and housing construction and several others. — Sheila Covarrubias