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PACC conducts fact-finding probe on Z3R houses


Zamboangueño lawyer Manuelito Luna, newly-appointed commissioner of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) is in the city to spearhead a fact finding inquiry into housing projects constructed by the National Housing Authority (NHA) under the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R) program.

Luna said the Commission decided to conduct a moto propio fact finding inquiry into Z3R housing projects of NHA based on manifestations raised by City Legal Officer Jesus Carbon and City Planning Officer Engr. Rodrigo Sicat in Cagayan de Oro sometime ago related to alleged substandard materials used in the project and other concerns like no water and light connections as well as sanitation problems.

“The commission decided that this should be looked into. This is a multi-billion peso project of NHA and that there should be no further victimization of the good people of Zamboanga, ya sufri ya sila and we should not allow these things to happen to them again,” Luna said in an interview.

Luna on Tuesday met with Mayor Beng Climaco and the LGU Z3R team of the city for a briefing and additional information or concerns related to the NHA project. “We have to be very fair to all parties concerned – city government and the NHA. So we also invited NHA representatives to join us in inspections.”

The PACC commissioner assured that the body is looking at the issue very objectively that despite the seriousness of the allegations there is still a need to validate facts presented.

For her part, Mayor Climaco expressed hopes that the PACC will pursue the probe and file appropriate cases against erring officials though, she said, “the heart of this is bringing back better housing, better roads and bridges and infrastructures for people who have been victims of the 2013 siege.”

Luna will be visiting the different Z3R housing projects particularly those in Tulungatung, Sta. Catalina, Sta. Barbara, Mariki and Rio Hondo today and tomorrow. (Sheila Covarrubias)

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