City gears for full swing rehab plan PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 October 2013 11:03

The local government gears up for the full-swing implementation of its recovery and rehabilitation plans.

“We have started with the baby steps and in due time, with the help and support of God, and the different national and local agencies, including our international partners, we will be on full-swing, implementing our plan with the overriding goal of building better for our children,” said City Mayor Beng Climaco in a press briefing, October 23.

As an initial foray, Climaco, along with other members of the Crisis Management Committee (CMC), conducted site inspections in ground zero to assess and evaluate the current situation. She noted that several barangays such as Rio Hondo, Sta. Barbara and Mariki will require the initial interventions of the ZAMCELCO, the Water District, the City Engineer’s Office and the General Services Office (GSO) given the extent of the damages in public utilities, buildings, facilities and other establishments.

Climaco stated that these safety and security considerations are the reasons why implementation of the phase-in scheme will be carried out by schedule in coordination with barangay officials.

“We ask all our residents to please extend their patience as the necessary preparations are taking place given the magnitude of the damage in these barangays,” said Climaco.

In light of the normalization of the situation in the City, the CMC has lifted the suspension on the issuance of official certifications such as the cedula and barangay certification. Moreover, religious establishments such as the Fort Pilar Shrine and the Sta. Barbara Mosque have also resumed their operations. Regular masses are now held at the Fort Pilar while the Sta. Barbara Mosque has held regular prayers since the last week.

“We are expecting more positive developments in our City these coming days,” said Climaco.

In preparation for the long haul towards recovery, the Mayor outlined the key tasks to be undertaken by the local government in the coming months. These include the debris management in the affected areas, the decongestion of evacuation centers via the establishment of temporary shelters, the building of permanent shelters and establishment of new communities in Mariki, Rio Hondo and ground zero, and the preparation of the total development plan by the UP Planades.

Plans to beef up the security in the City are also being considered, beginning with the proposal to establish the Maritime Police Headquarters.

“The CMC this morning approved a resolution for this purpose,” said Climaco, adding that establishment of the said headquarters will be a welcome development as it will assure the presence of additional forces to secure the City’s maritime assets and waters from intrusions and lawless elements.

Meanwhile, Climaco expressed gratitude to national and international donor groups for their continued support. In addition to the P 4.6 million raised at the donor’s forum in October, Climaco revealed that the SM Development Corporation donated P5 million, while another check is set to be issued by the Senate for the City. All funding support and donations are documented and can be viewed online for accountability and transparency.  — Jasmine Mohammadsali