Guv vows lot issue settled by year-end

Cebu Governor Hilario P. Davide III assured homeowners’ associations (HOA) occupying province-owned lots in Barangay Luz, Cebu City covered by the 93-1 ordinance settlement of the pending lot issue before 2015 ends.

More than 50 HOA members met with Davide recently accompanied by Cebu City Councilor Nida Cabrera, former DILG Undersecretary Francisco “Bimbo” Fernandez to present their formal payment proposal.

The beneficiaries requested that they be allowed to pay for their lots in a 10-year time frame, said Cabrera. She added that their payment would include the initial down payment of three months and tripled remaining balance.

Of the over a thousand beneficiaries in Brgy. Luz, 238 already have their land titles; 90 have a certificate of full payment awaiting the approval of their subdivision plan; 115 have deeds of sale awaiting release of land titles from the Register of Deeds; 535 gave initial payment to the Province; and 262 have not yet paid.

Davide assured Barangay Luz 93-1 HOA that a technical working group (TWG) will closely study their proposal.

After reaching a decision, the group will then make appropriate recommendations to the Provincial Board for approval and granting of authority to enter into a formal agreement with the occupants, he continued.

He also assured that as initially promised, the issue will be resolved before his term ends, not just for Barangay Luz but for all province-owned lots in Cebu City occupied by informal settlers.

“That’s my commitment (to the people) and promise to myself na sulbaron gyud ni kay didto pa ko sa city council nakita na nako ning problemaha (we will resolve this issue because this has been here for quite a long time already),” expressed Davide.

About 5,000 families are occupying Capitol lots in Barangays Luz, Apas, Busay, Camputhaw, Lorega, Kalunasan, Capitol Site and Lahug.

Cabrera said that Barangay Luz has been prioritized in the resolution of the 93-1 issue because none of the beneficiaries entered into a contract with the previous administration.