Resettlement project starts for displaced families-A A +A
Sunday, October 6, 2013
THE construction of 22 bunkhouses and 274 houses on stilts are set to start at a resettlement site east of Zamboanga City that could house at least 494 of the thousands of families displaced by the standoff.
This came after Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar and Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary (DSWD) Corazon Soliman led on Saturday the groundbreaking ceremony signaling the start of the resettlement project.
The project will be constructed at the 1.4-hectare land donated by Councilor Abdurahman Nuño, the Liga ng mga Barangay president and Taluksangay village chief.
Nuño said he welcomes the future members of the community with open arms, regardless of tribe, beliefs or religion.
“We will always welcome those who seek shelter in our community,” Nuño said. His wife, Lilia, is this city’s second district representative.
The resettlement site in Taluksangay will be one of the sites to be developed by the local government for the thousands of displaced families rendered homeless by the three-week standoff.
The standoff started last September 9 when hundreds of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels infiltrated this city.
The Taluksangay resettlement project will accommodate 220 families for temporary shelters in 22 bunkhouses to be established by the DSWD and the Habitat for Humanity.
The resettlement area can also accommodate 274 houses on stilts aside from the bunkhouses.
The building of temporary and permanent shelters is part of the rehabilitation plan initiated by the local government in partnership with the DSWD and the Habitat for Humanity.
Under this partnership, Habitat for Humanity will build temporary shelters and shoulder the administrative costs for its upkeep.
Each bunkhouse costs P100,000, the funds of which to be taken from the P3.8-billion budget earmarked by the National Government for rehabilitation.
The beneficiaries of the temporary shelters will be the families currently housed in the Taluksangay National High School to allow the secondary school to open for classes in the coming weeks. (Bong Garcia)