Housing project in Mariki, Zamboanga City
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The House Committee on Housing and Urban Development started Wednesday its inquiry on the housing project in Barangay Rio Hondo in Mariki, Zamboanga City where a wooden footbridge collapsed in April.
The House inquiry revealed that the said housing project has not yet been formally turned over to the administration of the National Housing Authority (NHA) and custody of the said project is still under the contractor, Limestone Construction.
The Committee also found out that all occupants have not been issued with occupancy permits from the city government.
According to Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco, they were forced to transfer residents affected by the Zamboanga siege to the said housing project because of reports of deaths in temporary shelters due to health risks.
Meanwhile, former NHA general manager Chito Cruz, for his part, argued that the collapsed wooden footbridge was strongly designed and constructed.
However, he claimed that some parts of the bridge had been removed or stolen, hence its collapse during that fateful visit by housing and local government officials.
In fact, Cruz said, the housing units could still stand the strength of up to 100 kph tropical storm.
However, during the inquiry, the contractor admitted to not following the original design and proposed materials due to environmental issues. The contractor said they are taking full responsibility for the collapse.
Mayor Beng Climaco, meanwhile, called for the immediate arrest of parties responsible for the incident. — Rey Pelayo |UNTV News & Rescue