Beng thanks PTSI for free use of lot PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 14:12

Mayor Beng Climaco yesterday thanked the Philippine Tuberculosis Society, Inc. (PTSI) for allowing the city government of Zamboanga to use for free its property in Upper Calarian as temporary relocation site for the internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Climaco acknowledged PTSI’s generosity during the ceremonial turnover of the property yesterday morning at City Hall conference room with PTSI Field Operations Division Director Catalino Bobon Jr. handing over the memorandum of agreement to the lady chief executive.

Bobon, who represented PTSI President Zeneida Quezon-Avanceña, said the PTSI being a humanitarian organization supports the city government of Zamboanga in its effort to provide the IDPs with temporary but comfortable and safe shelters.

Under the MOA entered into and between Mayor Climaco for Zamboanga City and Avanceña for PTSI, the latter allows the former to use for free its property in Upper Calarian intended for the temporary relocation of the IDPs or victims of the siege last September.

The said property measuring more or less one hectare will be used to build bunkhouses that would accommodate at least 100 families for a period of six months to two years from the execution of the agreement, subject to the conditions therein stipulated.

Among the conditions stipulated in the MOA are that the city government shall require the settler-families to sign a waiver of their right to continue occupancy on the property upon the expiration of the MOA or upon its pre-termination, and that no permanent improvements shall be made on the property.

The city government shall also carry out the removal operations of mall illegal intruders, if there any, on the said property, and that all the bunkhouses and improvements thereon shall be removed by the city at its expense upon the termination of the agreement.

The MOA has been approved and confirmed by the City Council through its Resolution No. 1120 dated Dec. 27, 2013.

Present during the ceremonial turnover of the property were District 1 Rep. Celso Lobregat, City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr., Assistant City Administrator Elmeir Apolinatio, City Health Officer Dr. Rodel Agbulos, City Social Welfare and Development Officer-in-Charge Leonida Bayan, Southcom National High School Principal Salihmatal Lagbas being the caretaker of the PTSI property and City Legal Officer Jesus Carbon.

Also in attendance were representatives from International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). — Vic Larato