CMC creates TWG on ‘phase-in’ PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 21 October 2013 10:34

The Crisis Management Committee has created a  technical working group (TWG), tasked to address issues concerning entry and exit of residents in the conflict areas once clearing operations shall have been concluded.

Led by City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr., the TWG is an inter-agency group that will lay down rules and regulations for ingress and egress of residents specifically in the barangays of Sta. Barbara, Sta. Catalina, Rio Hondo and Mariki including Kasanyangan.

The process will cover limited access to the area, such that, residents specifically house owners as well as boarders, rentees and other informal settlers will be allowed to return to their houses to get documents and other valuables that they urgently need. After accomplishing their tasks, the residents are to return to the evacuation centers.

But before accessing residents to the area, Orendain said, the different utilities such as the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (ZAMCELCO) and the Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) including the City Engineer’s Office (CEO) will be given access to check on the condition of light and water connections and infrastructure facilities.

“We will schedule the entry of the different house owners, boarders, rentees and others in the barangays in coordination with the barangay officials,” the City Administrator said. And once the phase in scheme is happening, the City Assessor and the Land Housing and Management Division will be in the area to identify the owners while the barangay officials will be there to confirm the identification of the homeowners, he stressed.

Orendain added that the phase in scheme will only happen once the police and military shall have declared the said areas to be totally cleared.

Mayor Beng Climaco has emphasized that the city is in the process of collating and validating all data pertaining to the evacuees through the Land Housing and Management Division, the City Assessor, the City Engineer and other concerned city departments which are conducting series of consultations and dialogues with property owners and the residents affected by the conflict per barangay.

She added that data gathering takes time but the same forms part of the rehabilitation and reconstruction process. — Sheila Covarrubias