Consultations on rehab plan for Zambo City set PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 December 2013 13:08

MANILA — Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson will lead the UP Planning and Development Research Foundation, Inc. (UP PLANADES) and Zambo rehabilitation team in a series of consultations with city officials, internally displaced persons and other concerned groups about the proposed Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R) during the weekend in a bid to come up with an acceptable and feasible plan.

The consultations in Zamboanga this weekend come after a series of planning sessions and top level meeting held in Manila starting December 2 and concluded December 10, Tuesday at the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Central office.  On the same day (Tuesday night), Singson together with Cabinet Secretary Jose Almendras and Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman were expected to present the proposal to President Aquino in Malacanang.

First group to be consulted will be the members of the City Council, the concerned barangay leaders and internally displaced persons (IDPs) and other sectors and stakeholders to include the media.

Sec. Singson said the consultations are intended to let the people know about the government’s plan in rehabilitating the conflict-affected barangays and its impact to the community and to the city as a whole.

He stressed it is important that all sectors will be aware of the actions of the government following the 23-day conflict last September. He said it is the president’s directive to focus attention on the recovery and rehabilitation of Zamboanga and to ensure that the people affected are given the needed attention.

For her part Sec. Soliman sought the cooperation of the different sectors particularly the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos represented during the meeting by Atty. Mehol Sadain and the Darul Ifta in disseminating accurate and timely information concerning the government’s rehab plan for Zamboanga to forestall confusion among the IDPs.

“When we conduct the consultations let us all go to the IDPs and all together explain to them about the concept of the plan. What is most significant is what will be the appearance of the Build Back Better policy and what will be its impact on the communities affected”, the DSWD secretary said.

Sec. Almendras for his part assured that the Aquino administration is doing everything possible to support the needs of all areas affected by calamities not only in Luzon and Visayas but also those affected by Zamboanga conflict.

Zamboanga he pointed out is equally a priority as the other areas affected by calamities given the number of families affected and extent of the damage wrought by the September conflict.

Aside from the three Cabinet members, the top level meeting at the DPWH central office in Manila Tuesday (Dec. 10) was attended by Mayor Beng Climaco, Congresspersons Celso Lobregat and Lilia Nuno, the UP PLANADES team led by   Architect Requito Bellosillo, representatives from the National Housing Authority (NHA)-Manila, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Manila, DSWD-9 Director Zenaida Arevalo, DILG-9 Director Paizal Abutazil, several department heads who head the various rehabilitation clusters and numerous others.

The proposed rehabilitation plan incorporates the theme “Build Back Better” which means 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.

Meanwhile, from the original 23,794 families composed of 118,819 individuals, the number of IDPs due to the conflict, is now down to 5,143 families composed of 26,010 individuals housed in 15 evacuation centers and transitory sites. The Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex (JEMSC) or grandstand still houses the bulk of the IDPs at 2,848 families while others are spread out in other evacuation centers and transitory sites or temporary shelters. (source: DSWD)

Four initial temporary relocation sites have been identified and developed: the JEMSC in Baliwasan, Rio Hondo, Taluksangay and Tulungatung which are the only available government properties with ample spaces. — Sheila Covarrubias



Last Updated on Thursday, 12 December 2013 13:09