238 Z3R houses turned over in Mariki; It’s Freedom day for IDPs — Beng PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 February 2016 12:20

Mayor Beng Climaco on Thursday spearheaded the turnover of 238 permanent houses to families affected by the 2013 siege saying the event signified a freedom day for the internally displaced persons as it coincided with the celebration of Edsa People Power revolution.

Of the total 238 houses turned over, 232 were houses on stilts located in Mariki and formed part of the total 642 units (of which 127 were already turned over in June 2015) up for construction under the Z3R Mariki Rehabilitation Project. The 6 other units turned over Thursday were single detached houses located in Ayer Village in Sta. Barbara.

“Today, as we celebrate EDSA revolution, it is also a freedom day for them (IDPs) to let them know that this is the project of President Aquino, that he is not abandoning us through his program with (DPWH) Sec. Singson and (DSWD) Sec. Soliman,” the mayor said.

Mayor Climaco stressed that the latest recipients of Z3R houses will also be given their financial assistance of P10,000 soon for the water and electricity connections, just like what other Z3R housing beneficiaries received.

More permanent houses are expected to be turned over in the coming days, she promised.

The transfer took place Thursday after the National Housing Authority (NHA), the agency in charge of constructing the permanent houses have installed the required temporary septic tanks (through the Kotec technology).

The City Government would like to ensure that the affected families will receive houses that are constructed within quality standards and with the necessary facilities vis-à-vis the objective of building back a better Zamboanga, Mayor Climaco attested.

Present during the turnover Thursday were City Social Welfare and Development Officer Socorro Rojas who is the OIC of the City Housing and Land Management Division; NHA Regional Manager Alfonso Borlagdan; Mariki barangay Officials led by Palma Hasim; Sta. Barbara barangay officials led by Abdulhamid Irin; representatives of the contractors and other officials. — Sheila Covarrubias