ZAMBOANGA

NHA offers houses to families displaced by Zamboanga siege

SOME 100 families displaced during the 21-day 2013 siege of Zamboanga City are set to be relocated to a housing project of the National Housing Authority (NHA) in the east coast of the city.

Rodrigo Pagotaisidro, City Housing and Land Management chief, said the relocation site of the internally displaced families will be the Vida Vista property in the village of Cabaluay, 17 kilometers east of Zamboanga City.

Pagotaisidro said the NHA has offered the Vida Vista property since there are still 100 houses that are still unoccupied.

He said the NHA will exempt the displaced families, who will be relocated to the Vida Vista property, from payment of monthly amortization.

Use of the property in the village of Rio Hondo, earlier identified as relocation site, is still under review by the appraisal committee of the housing agency.

Pagotaisidro said the displaced families who have been identified to be relocated to the Omar property in Rio Hondo may relocate to the Vida Vista property if they wish to avail of the housing units.

The City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) disclosed that there are still 183 displaced families who remain at the transitory sites in the villages of Mampang and Kasanyangan.

They were among the over 100,000 people who were displaced during the 21-day siege that broke out on November 9, 2013.

Members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) loyal to MNLF founding chair Nur Misuari had laid siege to at least five coastal villages. (Bong Garcia/SunStar Philippines)


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