DPWH chief arrives today to check on Z3R updates PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 December 2015 17:30

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Rogelio Singson is arriving in the City Tuesday, December 1, to check on the status of the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R) plan amidst complaints of delays in its implementation.

Together with Mayor Beng Climaco and other concerned agencies, Singson is expected to do a site inspection of the different road and housing packages being undertaken by various construction firms in areas affected by the 2013 siege.

The road packages are implemented by the DPWH while the housing projects are implemented by NHA.

Mayor Climaco has publicly expressed dismay about the long overdue housing projects. In fact, the Local Inter-Agency Committee (LIAC) has passed a resolution last week calling on the NHA to rescind contracts as well as to impose liquidated damages on construction firms with long overdue Z3R projects.

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, particular concern was raised on the implementation of houses on stilts in barangay Mariki as well as the Valle Vista project 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 III, 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.

The mayor has emphasized that the city government will not accept housing projects that do not comply with sanitation requirements and other amenities. — Sheila Covarrubias