UP team starts Zambo rehab plan preparation PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 October 2013 11:09

The team from UP Planning and Development Research Foundation Inc. (UP PLANADES) has started laying the groundwork for the preparation of a comprehensive rehabilitation plan for the areas affected by the 23-day conflict.

The team, which was commissioned by the national government to help in the rehabilitation of Zamboanga arrived in the city over the weekend for the preliminary assessment and evaluation of the situation in the areas severely affected by the conflict.

“The assessment is that we have to move in real quick and what we are looking at is the reconstruction [of the areas affected] from an environmentally sustainable point of view,” Architect Requito Bellosillo, UP PLANADES Deputy Team Leader declared.

On Saturday, Oct. 26, the UP PLANADES team joined Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson in the aerial and land inspection of the affected areas. The secretary’s visit to the city concluded with a meeting with the UP Planades team together with Mayor Beng Climaco, Congresspersons Celso Lobregat of District I and Lilia Nuno of District II and other concerned agencies and officials.

Bellosillo said the plan will essentially be a proper rebuilding of the city by carefully considering the different environmental issues. “We were discussing what are the environmental hazards that are associated with these areas, as well as what are the environmentally valuable locations, so all these will have to be considered”.

Proper planning will also mean the construction of proper road widths, though this would mean affecting some properties and proper drainage systems will be in place. “The waterways are a particular concern, we have seen clogged drainage lines, we have seen waterways that are already filled upon, I do not know if these have permits or what, but we have to consider preserving your waterways,” according to Bellosillo.

Floods will continue to affect the city if the waterways are not properly taken care of, he pointed out.

Generally, the proposed rehabilitation plan would result to a new community for the affected areas with standard roads and other community facilities, a mixture of housing, commercial areas, amenities, parks, playgrounds and many more.

“On the waterfront we are looking at communities that would thrive”, Bellosillo stated adding that the waterfront would be equipped with proper boardwalks and good sturdy houses that are environmentally protected.

The UP PLANADES is a non-stock, non-profit foundation engaged in research, consultancy and extension services, academic development and training in environmental, urban and regional planning and related disciplines. It was the same group that helped the city coming up a master development plan some 15 years ago.

The team’s overall team leader is Dr. Primitivo Cal with Dr. Richmund de Leon  as project manager. — Sheila Covarrubias