DPWH mulls re-plan of Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 October 2013 14:47

Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson arrived in the city yesterday to make an assessment and evaluation of the damage wrought by the 23-day conflict in preparation for the drafting of a comprehensive rehabilitation plan for Zamboanga.

Accompanied by Mayor Beng Climaco, Congresspersons Celso Lobregat and Lilia Nuño, the UP Planades team and representatives from agencies concerned in the rehabilitation plan, Singson did an aerial and land inspection of the areas affected to include Arena Blanco, Mampang, Talon-talon, Sta. Catalina, Kasanyangan, Sta. Barbara, Rio Hondo, Mariki as well as the evacuation centers at the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex in Baliwasan and the Sta. Maria Elementary School and the proposed resettlement site in Tulungatung.

“Marami doon totally damaged. We will have to re-plan that, kasi kailangan ng additional roads and additional community facilities (Most of the area is totally damaged, we will have to re-plan that because we need additional roads and community facilities),” Singson told reporters in an interview.

In the next 3 weeks, he said, the physical plans will be in place whereby the rehabilitation team will finalize the inventory of people who will be affected, lot owners affected and all other necessary data. “This will be a schematic plan because we want to re-plan the affected areas and integrate the plans of the city.”

The preparation of the plan will be a consolidated effort of the DPWH, the local government through the Land Housing and Management Division, the City Assessor’s Office, the City Engineer’s Office, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the National Housing Authority and all other concerned agencies.

The budget for the rehabilitation will be known after the plans shall have been finalized.

Singson said what is urgent at the  moment is the decongestion of the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports complex due to health and sanitation and the search for a temporary site for the badjaos staying at the R.T. Lim Boulevard and subsequently the need to move the evacuees occupying the different schools.

“All these things and efforts will have to be done simultaneously at dapat tulung-tulong ang lahat ng ahensya,” he added.

After the aerial and land inspection, Sec. Singson together with Mayor Climaco and Congresspersons Lobregat and Nuño met with the different agencies involved in the rehabilitation to include the UP PLANADES team led by Ben Bellosillo, officials from the NHA, DPWH Regional Office led by Dir. George Sebastian, City Planning and Development Coordinator Engr. Rodrigo Sicat, Land Housing and Management Division Chief Rodrigo Pagotaisidro, DWD Director Zenaida Arevalo and representatives from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), healing and recovery clusters other concerned agencies. — Sheila Covarrubias