427 families still stay at transitory site Print
Tuesday, 19 December 2017 16:34

By R.G Antonet Go

With less than a week to go before Christmas, more than 400 families are still staying in eight transitory sites all over the city.

This was revealed by City Social Welfare and Development Officer Socorro Rojas who said that the city government cannot close the transitory sites because permanent houses are not yet ready for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP.)

The revelation was made four years after the infamous Zamboanga siege and long after the deadline given by then President Noynoy Aquino for the completion of permanent housing for IDPs in Zamboanga city.

“No assurance yet pwede sera (referring to the transitory sites) most likely, si nohay schedule of turnover of permanent house because we are supposed to address the 427 families,” Ma. Socoro Rojas, said in an interview.

Currently, there are still eight transitory sites open at Lupa Lupa, Buggoc, Kasanyangan, Masepla 2 and 3, PTSI, Rio Hondo, and Tulungatung. These transitory sites houses 427 families with 2,413 individuals.

She added that there are also fire victims staying in Mampang coming from Sta Catalina and Talon Talon.

The National Housing Authority (NHA), scheduled a turnover of houses this month but up to this time, there is still no schedule. Rojas said NHA last coordinated with them in November.

NHA still lacks more than 1,000 houses to fully close all the transitory sites. These permanent shelters are to be located in Tulungatung, Taluksangay, Rio Hondo, and Vale Vista phase 1 to 4.

At Vale Vista Phase 3 and 4, construction of permanent shelters are still on-going for the IDP’s.

CSWDO records state that there are 5,000 families who already returned to their permanent shelters.

Rojas explained that the city is paying for the light and water of these transitory sites and the Non-Government organizations continue to help these IDP’s (RGAAGo)