NHA gets P2.5B to build better shelters for IDPs PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 13:10

Mayor Beng Climaco announced yesterday that the national government had already downloaded the amount of P2.5 billion to the National Housing Authority for the construction of permanent shelters of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the siege-affected areas.

Climaco told a news conference in City Hall that with the release of funds the NHA will now be able to start the construction of shelters and other infrastructures in the affected areas following the build back better scheme of the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (ZR3) Plan.

“The Z3R plan is well on its way and preparations for its implementation are on full gear. It is LGU-led but is an inter-agency effort,” she stressed.

Types of housing units to be constructed in the affected area are shall consider the cultures of the IDPS. They include houses-on-stilts for sea-based areas in barangays Rio Hondo and Mariki, loftable, two-storey buildings and low-rise buildings for land-based areas.

In the meantime, Climaco said the IDPs now numbering 26,076 remain in 9 evacuation centers that include the grandstand and Cawa-Cawa Boulevard, and 4 transitional sites. Construction of temporary shelters at the 5th transitional site, the Philippine Tuberculosis Society Inc. (PTSI) property in Calarian, is underway and will be completed by March 8. At least 90 families will be transferred to the area.

Yesterday, 18 families were transferred to the transitory site inside the Rio Hondo Elementary School campus. Of the number, 9 families came from the grandstand, 5 from Divisoria National High School and 4 from the Zamboanga East Central School.

More temporary sites are being considered by the city government as it continues to negotiate with private landowners and tries to resolve legal issues pertaining to the purchase of lots.

Climaco also said the monetary assistance for the Zamboanga crisis is now P29.134 million.— Vic Larato