Capitol turns over 16 GK houses

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

CEBU Gov. Hilario Davide III turned over 16 houses and lots to beneficiaries of the Sugbo-GK Village Housing Project in Barangay Tunghaan, Minglanilla yesterday.

“Merry Christmas, happy new year and happy Valentine na sab,” Davide told beneficiaries during yesterday’s ribbon-cutting.

Davide said he understands how hard it is to live without a house of your own. He said it took him and his wife years before they got a house of their own.

“Nalipay ko kay naa na mi balay (I’m glad we now own a house),” said 19-year-old Birna Magdait, who is living with her 38-year-old blind husband Murphil.

Birna is nine months pregnant and the couple has been renting a house in a nearby Velpal Subdivision for nine years.

Sugbo-GK Village is an uphill subdivision about one and a half kilometers from the highway of Barangay Tunghaan.

Phase I has 55,726 square meters divided into 120 lots. Of the number, 96 have been occupied while 24 are still available.

Phase II has an area of 2,016 square meters. It is a teachers’ village intended for teachers of Sudlon Agricultural School in Barangay Lahug.

Phase III is 27,176 square meters and divided into 130 lots.

Capitol owns all of 84,918 square meters. The houses are constructed using Lexmark International Inc. funds and with the help of Gawad Kalinga (GK), said GK provincial head Jerome Awit.

“These are contributions of Lexmark employees and whatever amount raised, Lexmark will match it,” said Sandy Pelayre, senior manager.

Davide said the beneficiaries will acquire the lot through a community mortgage program (CMP). The government housing agency will pay Capitol the lot price and beneficiaries will pay the mortgage company on installment basis.

Paul Entera, head of the Capitol real estate and properties division, said beneficiaries will shell out approximately P600 to P700 monthly, after documents and requirements submitted are processed.

A long-time beneficiary, 36-year-old Richel Carasaquit, is eager to start her monthly payment. She has been occupying her unit for three years after she complied with all requirements but without paying her monthly amortization yet.

“Sa dihang nagsugod na mi pinaagi sa among sweat equity ug sa mga pagtambayayong, kami nakaingon nga ang gawag kalinga ug ang mga pamaagi niini mao diay ang maayong sumbanan, (When we started our sweat equity and other collective practices, we realize that Gawad Kalinga and its ways set a good example),” beneficiary Nenita Enad said in her acceptance speech.

Capitol documents showed that the Provincial Government purchased the area in 1997 purposely for displaced Sudlon Agricultural School teachers.

In June 2006, then Gov. Gwen Garcia had the area developed and subdivided for 700 occupants.

Then on Sept. 14, 2007, Capitol entered into a memorandum of agreement with GK for the project’s implementation.

In May 2008, Garcia created the Cebu Capitol-GK Village Project Monitoring Committee, which was chaired by then provincial administrator Eduardo Habin.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 21, 2013.

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