Mayor urges NHA to solve Z3R complaints Print
Monday, 17 July 2017 11:50

Mayor Beng Climaco has urged the National Housing Authority (NHA) to ensure that legitimate victims of the 2013 siege belonging to the Bajau tribe in sitio Hongkong, Rio Hondo, will get their permanent houses under the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R) project.

The mayor was prompted to issue the call following receipt of complaints from concerned indigenous peoples (IPs) saying that the names of at least 10-20 Bajau families originally from sitio Hongkong were removed from the list of beneficiaries of Z3R houses. The arrangement, according to the complainants, was with the knowledge of NHA and some barangay officials, the mayor said.

Climaco said she has asked NHA General Manager Jun Escalada to look into the problem as the Bajau families have the right to occupy the houses as they were displaced by the 2013 siege.

“We appealed to GM Escalada that the NHA must ensure that these (affected) families be entitled to housing,” the chief executive said as she called on those affected by the said arrangement to submit their names to her office.

She said city will have to fight for the rights of the affected Bajau families as they are by nature not assertive of their rights. “We have to fight for their rights because they were not included in the list and others took over and occupied their houses.”

Nonetheless, the mayor said, no less than former Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson, who was the former Z3R national head, have expressed elation that the Z3R is now more or less 70% complete.

On the other hand, NHA has confirmed that it will allocate funds for the purchase of solar lamps for distribution to siege-affected families transferred to permanent sites where power connections have yet to be accomplished by the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative, she added. (Sheila Covarrubias)