ZAMBOANGA City Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar asked the National Housing Authority (NHA) to build a low-rise residential building for policemen and soldiers.
Salazar said she made the request during a recent meeting with NHA general manager Jun Escalada in Manila, where they also discussed issues concerning the construction of permanent houses for the thousands of families displaced by the 21-day Zamboanga City siege in September 2013.
The displaced families remain housed in transitory shelters.
The mayor said she told Escalada that it was appropriate for government to show its gratitude and concern for the police and military serving this city by providing a suitable housing program.
Zamboanga City is the home of the regional headquarters of the Philippine National Police and the Western Mindanao Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
During the meeting, Escalada mentioned that the NHA housing program for the police in the village of Cabaluay will be turned over to the city government for distribution to urban poor communities.
A 30-hectare housing project, which will feature low-rise buildings, will be readied for implementation for members of the police and military in this city. (SunStar Philippines)