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Capitol plans to donate lot to UP

| by: Xerxes Alkuino

The Cebu Provincial Government is willing to donate lots in Barangay Busay as a relocation site of the fire victims in Sitio Avocado, Lahug, Cebu City.

Governor Hilario P. Davide III said they hoped to finish the details of the memorandum of agreement (MOA) before the week ends.

Davide told the media last Jan. 5 that they will donatea lot to the University of the Philippines (UP) Cebu. UP will be the one to work on the development of the land in Barangay Busay as a relocation site for the fire victims.

“We’ll give the land to UP for free, but on the land development we will leave it to UP. Maybe they can ask for help with the Cebu City Government to develop the site,” he said.

He added that the city also has the responsibility to look after the welfare of the constituents.

He was referring to the affected illegal settlers in the UP property, who went homeless during the Dec. 6 fire.

But before the donation takes place, the Capitol wants to ensure that there is a prior consultation with the affected informal settlers.

The donation is also subject to the condition that if no relocation site is established the Capitol owns the right to retrieve the property.

The governor admitted that there was already an existing MOA between the province and UP for a lot donation. This was to relocate the illegal settlers as UP plans to build a high school building in the area.

He said that the negotiation did not yield results because the Capitol has considered building a condo-typed socialized housing for the affected families.

With what happened in UP recently, the Capitol was compelled to help the school find immediate solution.