City investigates selling of IDP permanent houses PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 10 June 2016 12:20

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

On orders of Mayor Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, the Housing and Land Management Division (HLMD) under the Office of the City Mayor will check on allegations that some internally displaced persons (IDPs) who have returned to permanent houses in Mariki have sold their units to other individuals.

Selling of permanent housing units is illegal or unlawful under the Code of Policies on Z3R Beneficiary Selection and is stipulated under City Ordinance 268 series of 2005 which states that awarded lots and housing units cannot be sold, transferred or disposed of in any manner except by way of hereditary succession.

Based on the code of policies, any violation if found valid after due process will be a ground for disqualification to avail other Z3R housing units. A Committee on Arbitration, Awards and Beneficiary Selection also known as (CAABS) based on the Code of Policies, purposely to entertain, investigate, recommend selection of project beneficiaries and decide action regarding disputes over claims on the lot and other similar cases.

“Selling [housing] units is a violation but we will ask the Housing [and Land Management Division] to go down and investigate,” the mayor declared. The investigation will include other permanent housing areas such as Tulungatung and Taluksangay.

For the Mariki houses on stilts, two turnover activities have already taken place the past months- the first involved 127 families and the second 147 families. Schedule of turnover for the 283 remaining units will is set in few weeks’ time.

Mayor Climaco, meanwhile said the lack of power and water supply in Z3r Housing areas has been an ongoing concern of the City Government.

During the meeting of the Local Inter-Agency Committee (LIAC), the mayor has asked the Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) and the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco) to fast track the connection of utilities to Z3R areas.

She said it is desire of the local government to help IDPs recover from the devastations wrought by the 2013 siege and to return to their permanent houses. — Sheila Covarrubias