Councilors call for vigilant land buyers amid land issues-A A +A
By JM Agreda
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
MEMBERS of the Baguio City Council, during their regular session, agreed to come up with a resolution warning prospective land buyers to remain vigilant amid growing land speculation and reselling of public lands in the city.
Committee on urban planning, lands and housing chairman Councilor Leandro Yangot proposed before the council the publication of warnings and information drive as an advisory to land buyers in the city after several individuals were victimized by enterprising individuals selling public lands.
Councilors, however, deferred action on the Yangot's proposal while waiting for a resolution in writing and a final draft of the advisory to be disseminated to the public.
Meanwhile, Yangot said that aside from the warning to land buyers, the City Government, through his office, will conduct a land summit on September 11 at the Baguio Convention Center.
He said there is an immediate need to address overdue land concerns in Baguio including boundary conflicts in the barangays and the passage and approval of the Comprehensive Land Use Plans and the Zoning ordinance.
The outputs of the summit will be incorporated into the proposed comprehensive land use plan, something which must be approved as soon as possible as it is a mandatory requirement for all local governments to accomplish, the councilor stressed.
"First, we'll offer to the barangays to settle among themselves their boundaries through conciliation and mediation efforts and after that we will establish the boundaries. But if they do not agree in solving it they will be at the loss," he said.
Those who disagree on boundaries may be merged to eventually solve the disputes, he said.
Another concern to be resolved, he stressed, are those lands in Presidential Proclamations and government reservations as he said the clearing house for these problems is under the Office of Vice-President Jejomar Binay and eventually to the Office of President Benigno Aquino III.
Among the barangays with land problems in government proclamations and reservations are Camp Allen, Teacher’s Camp, Engineers Hill, Cabinet Hill, Baguio General Hospital reservation and other lands covered by Presidential Proclamation.
Another concern, Yangot said, is the lack of a socialized housing for city government employees and qualified residents.
“We will work on it so that there will be no more bureaucratic red tape that will slow down the process and that legitimate land owners and awardees will finally be awarded the lands they have waited for so long,” he said.
The city government, he added, recently conducted an inspection of city government properties which will eventually be identified as a housing site.
This way, the city could address the housing backlog being experienced for years now.
He also passed a proposed ordinance together with daughter Councilor Karminn Cheryl Dinney Yangot for the creation of an Urban Development Housing fund for the realization of the socialized housing program in the city.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 05, 2013.