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Prioritize basic social services - Mike Apostol

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There is a great disparity in the development of many urban poor resettlements in the city proper and barangays of District 1. Thus said Fuerza Zamboanga council aspirant for District 1, Mike Apostol.

He added that the disparity can be seen in their living conditions, basic facilities and horizontal infrastructures like subdivision roads, that cannot escape the observation of any visitor to these urban poor communities even without the complaints coming from the officers and beneficiaries of the said resettlements.

Apostol noted during their house to house campaign sorties the blatant disparity of government support to the “Urban Poor Resettlements” that need immediate government assistance to thwart social problems in the future.

Local Government of Zamboanga City must also immediately listen and look for solutions to the seemingly inhuman living conditions of some Urban Poor Communities in the city proper and Barangays of the West Coast which may one day be a “breeding ground” of organizations that capitalizes on “people’s miseries” to go against the government.

Apostol also noted and shared similar observations of Urban Poor residents that some “Government appointed” administrators of these settlements are going out of their assigned tasked by applying their own rules and regulations to the detriment of many poor residents of these communities.

“In the Urban Poor resettlement of Tulungatung Barangay in the West Coast, for example, the beneficiaries are complaining on the strict implementation of “house rules” by the administrator of their Urban Poor settlement and that the administrator enforces with “iron Fist” with unequal treatment to some favored beneficiaries” Apostol said.

“What makes it worse is basic facilities like water and the condition of the roads inside the settlement is unbearable” Apostol continued. Barangay Government of Tulungatung is helpless to assist the poor residents since it is a combined National and Local government project.

Apostol compared the basic facilities and infrastructures of some Urban Poor settlements in the city that were earlier organized and noted the stark difference, as an example, ”The Luyahan Urban Poor project in Barangay Pasonanca that was developed by phases, basic facilities like water and light are in-place and even government centers are constructed. But in many Urban Poor settlements in the city proper and Barangays of the West Coast like in Tumaga, Sto. Nino, Canelar, Labuan and Camino Nuevo to name some are years away in development” Council aspirant Apostol said.

Apostol urged his party mates to look into this problem to hasten development in the city and “also not to over-burden the city yearly budget for social services which eats up a big chunk of the city’s budget every year and ever since”, Apostol also said.(Fuerza Zamboanga Media Bureau)




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