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Tuesday, September 24, 2013
THE Crisis Management Committee (CMC) has identified four areas as possible relocation sites for the informal settlers displaced by the standoff in Zamboanga City.
The possible relocation sites were identified by the task force activated by the CMC to look for places where to relocate the informal settlers staying in the adjoining villages of Sta. Catalina, Sta. Barbara, and Rio Hondo.
The three adjoining villages are the sites of clashes, as the troops continue to press on the remaining Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) as the standoff entered the 16th day Tuesday.
City Hall information officer Sheila Covarrubias said the areas as possible relocation sites include the villages of Talisayan, Tulungatung, Taluksangay and Zambowood.
Covarrubias said, however, that everything has yet to be finalized, to include negotiations with the owners of the lot where to relocate the informal settlers.
President Benigno Aquino III, earlier announced that the government would spend some P3.89 billion for the rehabilitation of the affected areas, to include the relocation of the informal settlers.
Aquino said the government has the needed funds to undertake the rehabilitation.
The task force is also firming up the mechanisms in preparation for the relocation of the informal settlers.
The task force comprises members from the City Government, Department of Interior and Local Government, and other concerned agencies. (Bong Garcia)