Cebu City urged to donate site-A A +A
Sunday, September 15, 2013
THE Municipal Government of Consolacion wants the Cebu City Government to relinquish its ownership and donate to them the 13-hectare socialized housing site that it owns in Barangay Pulpogan.
Consolacion Mayor Teresa Alegado said doing so will allow them to resolve the dispute among the residents in the area.
In her letter to Mayor Michael Rama and the City Council, Alegado said there is a conflict in the Cebu City-owned relocation site, which is caused by the officers of the homeowners’ associations.
“These officers are acting like potentates. Many of them come to the point of challenging the authority and jurisdiction of my office and the barangay by wrongfully using the 1995 memorandum of agreement (MOA), which they entered into with then Cebu City mayor Tomas Osmeña,” she said. “The conflict has impacted on our services to our constituents in Barangay Pulpogan.”
Pulpogan Barangay Captain Roger Linaboc said the MOA states that the homeowners’ associations have been given the full authority to handle any conflicts involving recalcitrance and non-members in the relocation site.
This provision, he said, has been used by the associations to defy, duplicate and usurp the authority of their local government unit in solving conflicts in the relocation site.
There are currently four associations in the Pulpogan relocation site, with a membership of 6,000 individuals.
These are the United Phase I Homeowners Association, Pulpogan Hills Homeowners Association, Pagsubang Homeowners Association and Magmaugswagon Homeowners Association.
According to Linaboc, among the conflicts in the relocation site is that there are beneficiaries who had refused to become members of the four associations.
He also said that there are lots that have been sold by the association to unqualified persons because they are not homeless and landless citizens.
Aside from this, there are violations on the use of the conveyance of the lot in the relocation site. He did not further elaborate on the matter, though.
He also said that there are those who claimed they have already fully paid their lots but have not been issued deeds of conveyance nor land titles.
Both Linaboc and Alegado believed that all the problems in the Pulpogan relocation site will be addressed once its ownership will be given by Cebu City to Consolacion.
Linaboc added it would be proper to donate the 13-hectare relocation site to Consolacion as it occupies 12.39 percent of Pulpogan’s 104.88 hectares land area.
He added that the 6,000 individuals living in relocation site comprises 58.33 percent of the barangay’s 10,451 population.
The Pulpogan relocation site is composed of 21 lots and is being occupied by the families formerly living in the North Reclamation Area.
During the council’s recent regular session, the request of the Consolacion Municipal Government has been referred to the City’s Local Housing Board and the Division for the Welfare of the Urban Poor for report and recommendation.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 15, 2013.