City consults groups, IDPs on rehab plan PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 November 2013 10:46

Mayor Beng Climaco is spearheading efforts to consult concerned groups and sectors to ensure full understanding of the government’s rehabilitation plan in the barangays severely affected by the 23-day conflict last September.

This, as the national government through the UP PLANADES Inc., has started laying the groundwork for the preparation of a comprehensive rehabilitation plan for the areas affected with the ultimate thrust of building back a better Zamboanga.

Yesterday afternoon, Mayor Climaco proceeded to the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex in Baliwasan where she personally interacted with internally displaced people (IDPs) and addressed concerns regarding recovery and rehabilitation plans of the government.

Over the weekend, the mayor together with the members of the rehabilitation cluster including police and military authorities met with representatives from the National Commission for Muslim Filipinos, Darul-Ifta, barangay officials from the affected areas and other groups undertaking activities for the welfare of the IDPs.

In the past days, the chief executive also met with various other groups to listen and to gather inputs in connection with the Zambo rehabilitation plan.

All these consultations, the mayor said is in preparation for the November 13-14 housing workshop which will be organized by key housing agencies with the presence of the members of the UP PLANADES team, the City Assessor, the Land Management and Housing Division under the mayor’s office and the rehabilitation cluster.

The workshop will be attended by the concerned groups and sectors and will be a venue for another consultation pertaining to the planned rehabilitation of Zamboanga.

“We have ongoing meetings and consultations. Help us in [preparing] the plan, we are listening the best way we can,” the mayor stressed. “We talk about the situation of our evacuees particularly their desire not to relocate them away from their places of origin, todo kita se ta uwi”.

Under the build back better policy, the government intends to build better houses, better communities and better Zamboanga for the children.

The communities will be built with proper road networks, drainage systems and will be in accordance with environmental concerns.

She also emphasized that the rehabilitation plan will be an undertaking of the national government as no funding out of the P3.9 billion allocated for the purpose will pass through the local government unit.

The cash donations that the City Government received from good Samaritans, and which now amount to some P15 million will be used for land acquisition and other preparations, according to the mayor. However, all expenses will be properly accounted for, she added. — Sheila Covarrubias