Top level meeting tackles Zambo City rehab plan PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 December 2013 11:33

The UP Planning and Development Research Foundation, Inc. (UP PLANADES) team along with the Zamboanga Rehabilitation team yesterday afternoon presented to Mayor Beng Climaco and other concerned officials the proposed Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R) inception report.

The meeting, held at the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Central Office in Manila was intended to finalize the rehabilitation plan for internally displaced persons as a result of the 23-day conflict in the city last September.

After the meeting yesterday, the plan will be presented to President Noynoy Aquino in Malacañang for approval tomorrow, Friday.

In attendance during the gathering late yesterday afternoon were Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson, Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman and representatives from the National Housing Authority (NHA).  Also present were City Planning and Development Officer Engr. Rodrigo Sicat, District I Cong. Celso Lobregat, who is the consultant on rehabilitation and other officials and representatives from the concerned agencies.

The UP PLANADES team headed by Dr. Primitivo Cal has been commissioned by the national government to prepare the rehabilitation plan for the barangays severely affected by the conflict that include Rio Hondo, Mariki, Sta. Catalina among others.

The rehab plan incorporates the principle of “Build Back Better Zamboanga” which means better road networks and navigational lanes in the affected areas and disaster and climate change-resilient infrastructures and public facilities particularly against flooding and high tide.

Before enplaning to Manila yesterday, Mayor Climaco expressed hopes that the city’s rehabilitation will be in full swing the soonest possible time.

The local government solely depends on the national government for the funding requirement for the implementation of the Z3R.

For now, rehabilitation for Zamboanga City is now entering the early recovery phase with due emphasis being placed on measures to empower and help internally displaced persons (IDPs) stand back on their feet. —Sheila Covarrubias