Zambo City under state of calamity PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 October 2013 11:35

Zamboanga City has been declared as under state of calamity after a 20-day armed conflict between government troops and MNLF fighters.

Mayor Beng Climaco said the city was placed under a state of calamity to speed up efforts to rehabilitate the city and assist displaced families.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has already spent around P106 million to feed and provide other services to more than 23,000 families.

Businesses in the city lost an estimated P4 billion because of the standoff, which started September 9.

The city government is studying if it will implement a 2-3 month tax cash exemption to businesses along Paseo del Mar and Plaza Pilar.

Authorities said fires in the city caused damage to around P200 million worth of properties, affecting 19,496 families.

Around 20,000 families are still staying in evacuation centers, the DSWD said.

Climaco, meanwhile, said the celebration of the Fiesta Pilar will push through pending approval from the military.