Binay awards home lots to typhoon victims

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Sunday, February 17, 2013


VICE President Jejomar Binay has conferred lot titles to victims of typhoons Pepeng and Ondoy that devastated Cordillera region in the past years.

Binay, who also sits as Housing and urban Development Coordinating Council chairman, recently led the distribution of Certificates of Lot Award (Cola) and Certificates of Eligibility for Lot Allocation (Cela) at the Baguio City Hall grounds to at least 742 family-beneficiaries in the city and Tuba, Benguet.

Binay said the Cela recognizes long-time occupants of lands to begin surveys and move for them to own the lands they occupy through easy installment terms.

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The Vice President also congratulated those given the Cola for completing the payment of the lots they have occupied for years including some 445 families others who have been relocated in the resettlement site in Tadiangan, Tuba, Benguet after their houses were damaged by Ondoy and Pepeng.

The housing projects were funded and administered by the National Housing Authority, Social Housing Finance Corporation and Home Guaranty Corporation.

Each family-beneficiary in Tadiangan village is entitled to a house unit standing in a 40-square-meter lot.

Over 100 beneficiaries of the Loakan Green Meadows Homeowners’ Association Phase 1 will also receive their Celas under the Community Mortgage Program with an approved funding of P6 million.

The Community Mortgage Program is a financing scheme that assists organized community associations composed of informal settler families to legally acquire the lots they presently occupy.

“The government shelter agencies have made every effort to provide decent and affordable homes to every Filipino family including informal settler families so they would no longer risk life and limb living in shanties that usually stand in danger areas,” Binay said.

He said the government continues its efforts to provide homes for the poor through Medium Rise Buildings, which he sees as the solution for housing needs, especially in areas like Metro manila and Baguio City whose inadequacy of land has been seen as a setback for addressing problems on informal settlers and finding relocation sites.

Moreover, some 51 families in Pinesville Subdivision in Irisan who recently settled their housing accounts with the Home Guaranty Corporation also received their Celas.

The beneficiaries who were given certificates of lot awards and allocation include the Kias United Mountaineers Association Inc., Kias Barangay Association Inc. and the Apugan Livelihood Association Inc. (With Rubyloida Bitog)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 18, 2013.

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