Cebu Gov. Hilario P. Davide III assured officers of the Convergence of Urban Poor Occupying Province-owned Lot (CUPPOL) that he, with the authority from the Provincial Board, would fast-track the processing of the properties they are occupying.
The group under the chairmanship of Alice Espejo is composed of 16 different homeowners’ associations with at least 3,000 households occupying more than 10-hectares of Province-owned properties in different Cebu City barangays, including Banilad, Apas and Busay.
Though owned by the Cebu Provincial Government, these lots are not part of the 93-1 properties, which have been declared as socialized housing sites through the Ordinance 93-1, according to records from the Provincial Real Estate Section.
Espejo, together with at least 70 officers from the various homeowners’ associations, met with Davide on Thursday, May 10, to ask for clarification on their status on the properties they are occupying.
“Ang tumong namo i-klaro ang pag-purchase sa lot nga among gipuy-an (We are here to ask for clarification on the purchase of the lot were are occupying),” said Espejo.
Davide told the homeowners that the Capitol is closely coordinating with the Cebu City Government through Francisco “Bimbo” Fernandez, the executive assistant of Mayor Tomas Osmeña who also serves as the officer-in-charge of City Environment and Natural Resources Office, in coming up with an agreement to solve the concerns of the homeowners.
Fernandez accompanied the group during the meeting with the governor.