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CHO withholds occupancy permits for Z3R housing units

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The City Health Office has withheld its recommendation for the issuance of occupancy permits for the housing projects under the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Reconstruction and Rehabilitation (Z3R) due to lack or non-compliance with sanitation facilities.

Mayor Beng Climaco explained during the press briefing last Monday that the bulk of requirements for occupancy permits for Z3R housing units lie with the CHO, particularly the requirement for sanitation in compliance with the building code.

“We are very concerned about the dignified return of our IDPs (internally displaced persons) to their permanent homes,” the mayor said even as she lamented that some of the IDPs mostly Badjaus have different view on sanitation that they mistook the ‘cotex,’ a plastic brand of septic tanks, for water containers.

City Health Officer Dr. Rodelin Agbulos further explained that some houses-on-stilts already had the cotex installed, but the most Bajau occupants were it as water containers as they prefer their own way of discharging human waste (defecate) that is straight to the water.

“We still have to go back to the area and educate them on the use and importance of the plastic septic tanks for sanitation purposes,” Agbulos told the media.

He also admitted that some housing units still do not have the sanitation facilities.

“Definitely, my office cannot recommend for the issuance of occupational permits. Otherwise, if we allow it to pass, we might have disease outbreak later on and it will then be a big problem for the city,” Agbulos explained.

Nonetheless, he said a dialogue has already been done between the contractors and the National Housing Authority (NHA) regarding this matter, and they are now in the bidding process for the temporary sanitation facilities.-(Vic Larato/PR)




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