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NHA, HUDCC heads check housing sites for fire victims

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As committed by President Rodrigo Duterte last week, top executives from the National Housing Authority and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) in Manila came down to Zamboanga Thursday to meet with Mayor Beng Climaco and other officials to provide housing solutions to fire victims of Labuan and Kasanyangan.

NHA General Manager Marcelino Escalada Jr. and HUDCC Chairman Sec. Eduardo del Rosario met with Climaco and other city officials to discuss plans for the construction of NHA houses in a city-owned lot in Labuan for the July 22 fire victims in Purok 5 as well as the provision of permanent shelters for the June 26 Kasanyangan fire victims in Valle Vista.

The two officials also led an ocular inspection of the city-owned lot in Labuan and at the Valle Vista site in Kasanyangan where NHA houses under the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R) are constructed.

Mayor Climaco expressed elation that President Duterte kept his promise to immediately send the two officials to pave way for the construction of permanent houses for families displaced by two huge fires. She assured that her administration will do its share to ensure that the plans are fully realized.

For the over 400 families displaced in Labuan, the NHA will build the houses in the city-owned lot in the barangay. On the other hand, the over 100 families affected by the fire in sitio Asinan, Kasanyangan, permanent houses will be provided to them under the Z3R program in Valle Vista.

Meanwhile, Climaco said Escalada committed to retrofit the Rio Hondo bridge that fell last April 26 as well as to repair Z3R houses found to be defective utilizing NHA funds.

The meeting was based on instructions of President Duterte, who publicly promised to Labuan fire victims that his administration will construct houses for them when he visited the area to distribute financial assistance and relief goods last July 26. (Sheila Covarrubias/PR)




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