Rehab, relocation underway for evacuees-A A +A
Monday, September 30, 2013
JOINT efforts by the City Government and concerned National Government agencies are underway for the rehabilitation and relocation of the thousands of families displaced by the standoff in Zamboanga City.
City Planning and Development Coordinator (CPDC) Engineer Rodrigo Sicat said the City Government through the Housing and Land Management Division (HLMD) is conducting profiling of the evacuees in preparation for the rehabilitation and relocation of the displaced families.
Sicat said to be relocated are those who belong to the informal sector that are staying in the affected areas -- the adjoining villages of Sta. Catalina, Sta. Barbara, Rio Hondo and Mariki.
Profiling aims to determine residency and the livelihood of the families displaced by the standoff.
Sicat said the data gathered by the HLMD will be cross-checked with the data of the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to determine the exact number of families to be provided assistance.
Sicat said the Assessor's Office was tasked to prepare the tax maps to identify who are the landowners and houses that were burned down.
Thousands of houses were razed to the ground as several fire incidents broke out amid the fire fight between the troops and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels in the adjoining villages of Sta. Catalina, Sta. Barbara and Rio Hondo.
Meanwhile, Sicat said the City Engineer's Office has been tasked to draw development plan and program of work for the relocation site in village of Taluksangay, where there is an available area of 1.3 hectares for relocation project.
"Houses on stilts shall also form part of the (relocation) project," Sicat said. The houses on stilts are for the Badjao families displaced by the standoff.
He said the City Government has already written the National Housing Authority (NHA) requesting P10-million funding assistance for the implementation of the project in Taluksangay.
He said they are also reviewing other possible resettlement sites such as those in the villages of Tulungatung, Talisayan, Pasonanca, Mercedes, and Zambowood.
He said there is still an area of 14 hectares available at the resettlement site in the village of Tulungatung.
Sicat said there are also landowners who offered their properties as possible resettlement areas. (Bong Garcia)