No need for international help to rehabilitate Zambo: Palace-A A +A
Thursday, September 26, 2013
MALACANANG said Thursday that the government may not need the assistance of the international community to rebuild Zamboanga City, which was heavily damaged by the fighting between the government troops and the armed members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) under Nur Misuari.
Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office Secretary Ricky Carandang, in a text message to reporters, said that the Aquino administration is ready to provide assistance for the displaced families and even to rehabilitate the infrastructure in Zamboanga.
"We have the resources to deal with it," he said.
However, Carandang said the government could not start yet the full rehabilitation because the government forces were still pursuing the remaining members of the MNLF.
"Full blown rehab(ilitation) cannot begin until the Misuari forces are ejected and that's what we are doing now," he said.
The United Nations has expressed concern over the fate of more than 100,000 Filipinos displaced by more than two weeks of fighting between the military and the rogue MNLF members.
President Benigno Aquino III has said that the initial estimate for relief and rehabilitation of Zamboanga City was at P3.89 billion.
He said that the government has more than enough fund to support the needs of the people in Zamboanga. (SDR/Sunnex)