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Don GEMS evacuees moved to Z3R housing


The covered court of Don Gregorio Evangelista Memorial School (Don GEMS) in Sta. Catalina has already been cleared of evacuees, who were transferred to the housing units at Valle Vista Phase 4 in Kasanyangan, a project under the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R).

City Housing Division Chief Jawo Jimenez said at least 120 families had occupied the covered court at Don GEMS after losing their housing to the fire that broke out July 26 at Asinan, Kasanyangan village.

He said the fire victims were relocated Wednesday to the Z3R housing units at Valle Vista Phase 4, barely adjacent to their former community at Asinan, in compliance with Pres. Duterte’s instruction to provide them with houses.

The relocation was also to meet the deadline or assurance of the city government to clear Don GEMS of evacuees by Wednesday, Jimenez said yesterday on “Dateline Teleradyo,” a daily public affairs program of IBC TV11.

Despite their relocation, the evacuees will still receive the remaining financial assistance as promised by Pres. Duterte during his visit to Labuan fire victims on July 26.

City Social Welfare and Development Officer Maria Socorro Roxas said she was expecting the release either today, Friday, or tomorrow.

She said the city will also provide the evacuees with food packages as “pabaon” from the city government per instruction of Mayor Beng Climaco.-(Vic Larato/PR)

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