DWUP P3M short of collections

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Saturday, August 25, 2012


FOR the first half of the year, Cebu City’s Division for the Welfare of the Urban Poor (DWUP) is at least P3 million short of their monthly collection of the amortization of urban poor families who are beneficiaries of the City Government socialized housing program.

Based on their records, DWUP has only collected P2,093,835 for the month of January, P1,601,058 for February, P1,677,955 for March, P1,348,592 for April, and P1,341,658 for May.

DWUP’s collection for June barely even reached a million and is only at P995,294.

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DWUP chief Atty. Collin Rosell said their collection for June decreased significantly because the urban poor families are shelling out their money for the enrollment of their children.

DWUP has targeted to collect P5 million a month from the urban poor families as amortization for their home lots.

The amount is supposed to be a “revolving fund” of the City to buy more properties and for the development of more relocation sites.

Reasons

Rosell said among the reasons for their low collection rate is that some socialized housing beneficiaries do not faithfully pay their monthly amortization to the City.

Rosell also said there are 18 community associations that have 1,695 urban poor families who do not have memorandum of agreements (MOA) with the City yet.

The MOA outlines, among others, the payment scheme of the families for their home lots, as well as the period of time they will have to fully pay for their property.

Rosell said DWUP has submitted all the documents to the City Council last February yet, but until now the legislative body has not yet passed a resolution authorizing Mayor Michael Rama to enter into and sign a MOA with the socialized housing beneficiaries.

Aside from this, DWUP said there are 49 community associations that have 3,929 beneficiaries who have expired contracts with the City.

Rosell added that there are 1,533 beneficiaries of the slum improvement and resettlement program that have expired contracts.

Asked what DWUP is doing to resolve the problem, Rosell said DWUP said community associations and their members have been given notices for payment delinquency.

Rosell hopes that that the associations can have a MOA with the City and renew those that have expired contracts.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 26, 2012.

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