City to buy Kalunasan lot for relocation

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Monday, December 16, 2013


THE Cebu City Government seeks to buy a P56.7-million property in Barangay Kalunasan to serve as relocation site for the families living near the city’s rivers.

The property, which is owned by the heirs of Pablo Abella and Bruno Miralles, has an area of 22,695 sq. m.

The property owners are selling the subject lot in Sitio Tagaytay at P2,500 per square meter.

In their Dec. 11 regular session, the City Council approved Councilor Eugenio Gabuya Jr.’s resolution charging the P56.7 million under the lot acquisition account covered in the P5.19 billion budget of the City for this year.

Resolution

Under his one-page resolution, Gabuya said the property will serve as a relocation site for the families that are living in danger zones or within the three-meter easement of Bulacao, Guadalupe, Kinalumsan, Lahug and Mahiga rivers.

Based on the records of the City’s Reduction Danger Zones (Redz), there will be at least 4,000 families that will be affected by the clearing operation.

Redz chairperson former city councilor Jose Daluz III said that starting next year, they will already be strictly implementing the clearing of the city’s rivers.

Since the property in Kalunasan will not be enough to accommodate all the families that will be displaced by the clearing operation, Redz through the Department of Engineering and Public Works proposed a P100-million budget for lot acquisition in 2014.

This, so the City can buy more relocation sites.

Item

The P100 million are among the items included in the proposed P10.5 billion budget of the executive department for next year.

Daluz said there are three lot owners that need to be approached regarding the project and he has talked with one of them.

The council is yet to approve though the proposed 2014 budget.

The clearing of the three-meter easement in rivers and other waterways is mandated under Presidential Decree 296 otherwise known as the Water Code of the Philippines.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 16, 2013.

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