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City’s housing division takes over Z3R matters

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The city government’s Housing and Land Management Division headed by former councilor Jawo Jimenez has taken over on all matters, issues and concerns relating to the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R) Project.

Jimenez himself announced this during the press briefing, saying that effective yesterday all matters concerning the Z3R, formerly under Executive Assistant Yah-Yah “Jojo” Abdusalam Jr., have been turned over to his office.

Last Thursday, April 26, a portion of the wooden footbridge leading to the houses-on-stilts in Rio Hondo had collapsed under the combined weights of people including Mayor Beng Climaco, Rep. Celso Lobregat and visitor Rep. Albee Benitez of Negros Occidental, sending them all down into murky water.

Mayor Beng Climaco told reporters that there are no plans to relocate any Z3R projects, but what the city government intends to do is to review the housing units and then perhaps retrofit, if necessary, depending on the availability of funds.

She said the review will be done jointly by the Housing Division, the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, City Engineer’s Office, City Social Welfare and Development Office, and City Health Office.

Climaco also said the city government viewed the bridge mishap very objectively. “We are picking the pieces up. We are really doing our best and we sat down to be able to address the problems.”

She also said aside from the review of the housing plans there must also be investigation and if need be file the necessary disciplinary actions against erring personnel, the contractors, because on the part of the city government nothing has been officially accepted.

“We have been asking NHA to come up with a third party monitoring because the role of the city is only regulatory and coordinative. It will also be quite difficult to do the monitoring because according to NHA they are monitoring themselves,” the mayor said.

She lamented that until now NHA has yet to submit to the city all documents pertaining to the housing projects for review “as nothing has been officially accepted.”

“There have been turnovers because the beneficiaries were eager and impatient,” she further explained.-(Vic Larato)