NHA, DPWH step up rehab preps PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 14 February 2014 12:57

Preparations for the implementation of the rehabilitation program of the city shift to full gear as the national government seeks to accomplish the plan within the specified time.

Assistant City Administrator Elmeir Apolinario revealed personnel from the National Housing Authority (NHA) are in the city to collect technical data and validate information submitted by the city government.

Similarly, the Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH) has already completed its own survey of the roads and waterways damaged during the three-week long Zamboanga siege.

Both agencies are set to finalize their plans for submission to President Benigno S. Aquino III for approval.

The city’s Land Management and Housing Division is also carefully validating the list of beneficiaries to make sure they are really from the affected areas and were truly displaced from their homes as a result of the siege.

This, after reports surfaced that families from neighboring areas have sneaked in and are now living inside evacuation centers so they can avail of the program of the government.

“This is definitely a challenge because we do not want some people to take advantage of the situation,” Apolinario stressed. “We do not want them to benefit from our rehabilitation efforts at the disadvantage of our legitimate IDPs.”

As for the transfer of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from evacuation centers, the city government has identified four transitional sites: barangays Tulungatung, Taluksangay, Calarian and Rio Hondo and the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex or grandstand.

A total of 1,056 families or 5,774 individuals have already transferred to the transitional sites.

The City Government is exhausting all efforts to negotiate with lot owners and to eventually purchase properties for temporary and permanent sites, according to Apolinario.

He stressed that the local government is committed to moving IDPs to a safer and more stable environment and out of evacuation centers as soon as possible.

He cited the IDPs at RT Lim Boulevard as well as those staying at the Don Joaquin Enriquez Sports Complex as a priority as they are exposed to the elements and, therefore, their health and safety are at risk. — Claudine Uniana/City Hall PIO