Zambo City rehab plan ‘Z3R’ undergoes review PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 09 December 2013 10:58

Given its significance to the city’s future, the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R) plan prepared and conceptualized by the UP Planning and Development Research Foundation Inc. (UP PLANADES), is undergoing series of reviews and modifications before it is finalized and presented to President Aquino for approval.

The UP PLANADES team and the Rehabilitation team chaired by Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson have had series of planning sessions last week with Mayor Beng Climaco and other officials involved in the rehabilitation of the city in a bid to come up with an acceptable and doable plan for the recovery and restoration of Zamboanga.

Attending the sessions from the Zamboanga Recovery and Rehabilitation Coordination structure are Cong. Celso Lobregat, who is the consultant on rehabilitation, City Planning and Development Officer Engr. Rodrigo Sicat, Executive Assistant V Michael Saavedra, City Assessor Erwin Bernardo, Assistant City Administrator Elmeir Apolinario who is the designated action officer on rehabilitation, City Housing and Land Management Division Chief Rodrigo Pagotaisidro, representatives from the DPWH regional office led by Engr. George Sebastian and numerous others involved in the initiative. The planning sessions are set to continue this week.

“We are finalizing the costs and estimates because anytime this plan will be presented to President Aquino. We hear the concerns of the internally displaced persons (IDPs), as much as possible what we aim is to rehabilitate and to build back houses in places of origin subject to legal laws, rules and regulations and environmental policies,” Mayor Climaco emphasized.

One of the challenges besetting the rehab team, however is the latest Malacanang pronouncement prohibiting the construction of structures and houses in coastal zones following the Yolanda incident in Luzon.

“But because of the deep cultural sensitivity of the Sama Dilaut community, I have requested Sec. Singson to consider the 200 families that have dialogued with me and other families concerned”, the mayor declared.

The plan, once finalized, she stressed will be presented to the internally displaced persons and all concerned, as he expressed hopes that the national government and the local government can pull resources and together can initiate the establishment of better housing and better communities for a better Zamboanga.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is currently studying all angles concerning the presidential pronouncement on no construction in coastal zones taking into consideration the storm surge measuring 2 meters high that hit the city’s coastal villages to include Rio Hondo in 2008.

“But everything is still being finalized and we are really appealing if possible there would be no major changes,” the mayor said even as she expressed hopes that the IDPs will understand that such new policies are being set to protect them from further devastation in the future.  — Sheila Covarrubias