Carbon denies plan to build add’l 200 shelters at Masepla PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 14:29

To set the record straight, the City Government of Zamboanga has no intention to put up 200 additional temporary shelters at the Masepla Transitory Site in Mampang.

The 1st endorsement by City Legal Officer Atty. Jesus Carbon dated February 12, 2016 and the endorsement letter of Mayor Beng Climaco to the Sangguniang Panlungsod dated February 15, 2016, clearly stated that the request only covers the concreting of the road-right-of-way leading to Masepla Transitory Site and the extension of the period for the use of the 19-hectare transitory relocation site registered and declared in the name of Vicente Tio.

Atty. Carbon clarified during the press briefing in City Hall yesterday that there has been a need to extend the use of Tio’s property as the agreement already expired last February 28, 2016 based on the first memorandum of agreement (MOA) forwarded to the Sangguniang Panlungsod.

“Thus there was a need to forward an amended MOA to extend the use of the property. It is important to note though, that the same terms and conditions from the previous MOA were still carried over to the recently amended MOA that was forwarded to the City Council,” he said

He further lamented the same document was misinterpreted by some council members, claiming that a new request to construct additional temporary shelters was being requested.

This confusion was used by some councilors and Climaco’s critics without even clarifying the issue first hand with the concerned offices and was further politicized for their own interest.

As this developed, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), which funded all temporary shelters without a single centavo from the city coffers, has issued a certification, stating that it has fully constructed the  target deliverables on the shelter component for the Zamboanga Recovery Program, and it will no longer construct or build transitional shelters or recovery shelters in Masepla, Mampang.

“We do not know where the 200 additional bunk houses controversy was based but what we know, there is a separate request by the Archdiocese of Zamboanga to put up 200 permanent shelters for the untagged Badjao and Sama Bangingi families but these were to be constructed at Kapuk, Mampang and not in Masepla,” Carbon emphasized.— Christian Olasiman