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(To protect residents in calamity prone areas) Apolinario considers forced relocation

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The Zamboanga City Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Office (ZCDRRMO) is planning to request for a city ordinance that will allow them to implement forced relocation for residents in calamity prone areas in the city.

According to Dr. Elmer Apolinario, head of ZCDRRMO, an ordinance is necessary for them to be able to legally implement their plan of decongesting areas like riverbanks, shorelines and other areas prone to calamities.

He said that based on their data, residents near riverbanks are almost always affected whenever there are flashfloods, thus his office will first concentrate in clearing the riverbanks from dwellers should the ordinance be enacted.

The ZCDRRMO will also focus on areas that are densely populated and are already fire hazard.

Apolinario however clarified that, “Relocation should come in with appropriate livelihood. We would not want to displace communities without appropriate livelihood. If they already have the components, then we are going to offer the relocation in these communities.”

Apolinariosaid, while waiting for the necessary ordinance, they will already start coordinating withconcerned barangay officials as well as the National Housing Authority for the smooth implementation of their forced relocation plan.  (Alinazar Hail-Lahid/ Emedia News)




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