‘Darul ifta’ supports Zambo rehab plan PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 December 2013 11:16

The Darul Ifta, an organization of Islamic scholars, Muslim religious and civic leaders, yesterday gave its imprimatur to the proposed Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R) conceptual plan as earlier proposed by the city government, the Department of Public Works and Highways and the UP PLANADES.

The group’s approval of the plan was contained in a resolution cum statement of support signed by all members present during the consultative meeting held yesterday afternoon at the Yakan Hall, Garden Orchid Hotel, this city.

In the statement, the Darul Ifta finds the Z3R conceptual plan as “reasonable and consistent with our call to NO TO RELOCATION inasmuch as it declares in principle and as its project objectives to minimize adverse social impacts and relocation by prioritizing on-site housing rehabilitation and reconstruction, and to ensure culturally-sensitive housing developments for the indigenous populations like the Sama Dilaut.”

“We appreciate the Z3R’s project objectives as resonating and congruent to our desire for ‘Yes to Redevelopment’ as it intends to improve the overall environment of the affected communities, and generally to improve the public safety and security,” the Darul Ifta said in a statement.

In approving the plan, however, the group expressed the following reservations on the specific details of the Z3R Proposal as follow:

For Santa Catalina and Zone IV: For the rehabilitation and reconstruction, we propose to put the victim-community under a housing assistance program, at the maximum, and at the worst case, if it is legally not possible, we propose that the “housing repayment” be commensurate to the damage incurred.

For the Schematic Housing Plan, the road dimension [ex. As proposed for Lustre] be reduced from 12 meters to 10 meters, and for the Fishpond interior roads be reduced from 10 meters to 6 meters. This is to ensure the minimal displacement of residents.

For Kasanyangan Village: A public elementary school be constructed to be awarded to the Barangay local government first before endorsing it to DEPED. Local government be granted authority to fund-raise for its development.

For Mariki:  The boardwalk be repositioned and the plan for mangrove reforestration be reconsidered in favor of providing more area for residential construction and minimizing dislocation.

For Ayer Village and Santa Barbara: The proposed waterway that is bound to displace 140 houses must be rerouted to be located nearer to the fencing of the Fishpond instead of cutting across the residential area., and;

Availment of housing program and granting of benefits to informal settlers, and that they shall be allowed to own their lots through a government loan-program.

For Mariki: We are opposed to the proposal of limiting the construction of sea-side residences to 50 meters. “We oppose to the planting of mangrove instead propose to maximize available space for housing. To welcome assistance from non-government entities and facilitation of local government access to it.”

For residents of Sumatra/Simariki, Layag-layag and other affected areas that are bound to be relocated, that there should be just indemnification and that proper resettlement program be ensured to be as close as possible to their places of origin.

For the Sama Dilaut: “We propose to maintain that the Sama Dilaut village be as one and solid community for the indigenous Sama Dilaut. The reconstruction of Sama Dilaut housing be right in the same site as the burned Hongkong village. A social development project be established for the Sama Dilaut, ensuring their guardianship role as caretaker of the mangroves, protectors of its biodiversity, and the same project will serve as eco-tourism and livelihood program.”

The group likewise pointed out the reconstruction and rehabilitation program and its support infrastructure must ensure the prioritization of social, religious, cultural needs of the communities. Investment for the construction of masjid, houses of worship and religious institutions [madaris] must be given priority.

Also present during the consultative meeting were representatives of the City Mayor’s Office headed by Executive Assistant on Muslim Affairs Dr. Abdurahim Kenoh and Jojo Abdusalam, Atty. Apion of the National Commission for Muslim Filipinos and Hadji Abdulwahid Lutian, chairman of Darul Ifta, among others. — Vic Larato