NHA asks construction firm to “remove and replace” 3 houses for Zambo ‘bakwits’

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/03 November) – The National Housing Authority (NHA) has ordered the firm undertaking the construction of 158 housing units for the “bakwits” to “remove and replace” the three units damaged during an “unfortunate incident” Sunday.

Eng’r. Al-Kwarizimi Indanan, NHA district manager, said Monday the walls of the three units collapsed after a backhoe of the construction firm accidentally hit the houses.

Indanan issued the statement as he categorically denied the three housing units intended for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) or “bakwits” collapsed in one of its project sites in this city.

The 158 housing units that are being constructed are for the members of the Lustre Homeowners Association subdivision in Barangay Sta. Catalina, which was one of the most-affected areas in the 21-day September 2013 standoff.

The standoff started September 9, 2013 when hundreds of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) members loyal to MNLF founding-chair Nur Misuari infiltrated four barangays here.

Indanan said the affected housing units are located at Block 5, lots 13, 15 and 16 of the Lustre Homeowners Association Subdivision.

Indanan said they have ordered to “remove and replace” the affected housing units as it is no longer safe to be used.

“We would like to categorically state that those three units were declared unfit because of the unfortunate incident,” Indanan said.

He said the construction of 57 of the 158 housing units is ongoing and they are targeting to complete the project by December this year although the target date of completion is January 2015. (MindaNews)