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PACC probes housing project for 2013 Zamboanga City siege displaced families

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The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) has started its investigation on the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R) Project, particularly the construction of permanent housing units intended for families displaced by the 2013 siege, the city government said.

The local government said PACC Commissioner Manuel Luna, during his attendance to the Local Inter-Agency Committee (LIAC), has vowed to summon the heads of government agencies involved in the project due to the delays or alleged anomalies on its implementation.

Luna has expressed frustration over the implementation of the project, which started five years ago after the 2013 Zamboanga siege.

“The delay is very damaging not only to the government but to the people as well. Heads will roll because we can no longer make excuses, no more passing the bucks and finger-pointing,” the city government, quoting Luna, a Zamboangueño lawyer, as saying.

Luna arrived in the city Tuesday, October 9, to conduct a fact-finding investigation into the Z3R Project following numerous complaints from different sectors.

He visited the Z3R permanent housing units in different areas, including those in Tulungatung.

The city government cited the National Housing Authority (NHA) report that 5,616 housing units have already been completed, representing 88.5 percent completion from the 6,343 final target (out of 6,488 original target).

Of these figures, 693 housing units are ongoing construction, while 5,305 units have been awarded, and 345 units completed but not awarded yet.

There were also reports that many of the housing units, which were already occupied were without light and water connections despite the national government’s provision of funds.