CMC starts ‘phase in’ scheme at ground zero PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 October 2013 11:24

The Crisis Management Committee yesterday started implementation of the phase in scheme in barangays Sta. Catalina and Kasanyangan with the other barangays to follow in the coming days.

The phase in scheme is implemented block by block and is based on schedules and guidelines set by the Technical Working Group led by City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr. and action officers Rodrigo Pagotaisidro and City Assessor Erwin Bernardo with support from the barangay officials, police and Task Force Zamboanga.

For house owners, whose houses or properties remain intact—they can secure and return to their residences upon coordination with the phase in team while non-owners are to return to the evacuation centers, Mayor Climaco emphasized.

She said the City Government is to provide the evacuees with comfortable temporary shelters before a permanent housing program under the rehab plan will be made available.

Phase in in barangays Sta. Barbara, Mariki and Rio Hondo will be scheduled in the coming days.

The TWG on phase in is an inter-agency group that lays down rules and regulations for ingress and egress of residents in conflict areas to include Sta. Catalina, Kasanyangan, Sta. Barbara, Rio Hondo and Mariki. The scheme is to allow residents to return to check on their properties or houses and to get documents and other valuables they urgently need. After accomplishing their tasks, the residents are to return to the evacuation centers.

Mayor Climaco on Tuesday led CMC members together with City Councilors in inspecting ground zero to assess and evaluate the situation. During the inspection, personnel from the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (ZAMCELCO), Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) as well as City Engineer’s Office and General Services Office also checked on power and water line connections, the infrastructures and debris left by the 23-day conflict between government forces and MNLF members affiliated with the Nur  Misuari faction.

Representatives from the Department of Public Works and Highways led by Regional Director George Sebastian also accompanied the CMC during the inspection. — Sheila Covarrubias