Capitol may help Lahug families-A A +A
Thursday, September 5, 2013
THE Cebu Provincial Government will look into how it could help families who will be affected by the expansion plans of the University of the Philippines (UP) Cebu, which owns the 14-hectare property now the subject of a lot dispute.
Gov. Hilario Davide III said he spoke with UP Cebu dean and lawyer Liza Corro yesterday to clarify the issues regarding the construction of a new high school building within the UP property.
The governor said Corro asked him if the Capitol can help the school administration in relocating about 1,000 families who will be affected once construction starts. UP plans to construct a new high school building across the Lahug barangay hall.
Corro also told the governor that UP Cebu officials have met with representatives of Lahug Central Homeowners’ Association (LACHOA).
Davide, who graduated from UP High School in 1981, said he assured Corro he will discuss her request with the concerned officials in the Province.
Davide gave his assurance to help UP Cebu despite the fact that it is no longer a party to the dispute. In 1963, the Capitol donated a 14-hectare lot, including a building (which is UP Cebu’s existing main building), to the Cebu Junior College.
But LACHOA members want UP Cebu to prove its ownership of the disputed property.
They also said that UP should give back the property to Capitol since the Cebu Junior College no longer exists.
“Technically, we’re out of it (dispute) since the lot is UP’s property,” Davide said.
The governor earlier presented a deed of donation showing that the property is owned by UP Cebu and has never been reverted to the Province.
However, Davide said no representative from LACHOA visited Capitol to tackle their concerns with the him.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 05, 2013.