Village chief asks mayor, Capitol’s help

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014


SOME 157 families in Sitio San Miguel, Barangay Apas, Cebu City stand to lose their homes after the court ordered to have their structures demolished.

Judge Pamela Baring-Uy of the Municipal Trial Court in Cities (MTCC) Branch 6 issued a writ of demolition against the families as the property they are occupying is owned by Aletha Suico-Magat.

The families are occupying Lot 947 with an area of 7,411 square meters and Lot 942 with 9,753 square meters.

According to the notice sent by MTCC sheriff Edilberto Suarin, the demolition will be implemented on March 4.

Apas Barangay Captain Ramil Ayuman yesterday sought the help of the City Government.

He asked that City Hall stop the demolition as the property is allegedly owned by the Cebu Provincial Government.

Airport

In an interview yesterday, Ayuman said two properties were given by the Province to the Bureau of Air Transportation to be used for the expansion project of the Lahug Airport.

Since the expansion project did not push through, Ayuman said, the Provincial Government took back the property.

He said the Province Government's ownership of the two lots is covered under Executive Order 20 issued on June 9, 1918 by the Office of the Governor General of the Philippines.

Aside from that, Ayuman said, the area occupied by San Miguel residents has been declared as socialized housing site by the City.

The village chief hopes that City Hall will help his barangay secure a temporary restraining order against the demolition.

Mayor Michael Rama referred the matter to Division for the Welfare of the Urban Poor, headed by lawyer Collin Rosell.

Rosell said he will study the matter first so his office can come up with a better intervention.

Aside from seeking help from City Hall, Ayuman is also seeking the intervention of the Capitol through the Gov. Hilario Davide III.

“The Province's timely and proper intervention by initiating the proper legal action before the court, would not only save the peaceful occupants from ejectment, but…would prevent the undue loss of property belonging to the Province of Cebu,” said Ayuman in his letter to Davide.

Today, the affected families in Sitio San Miguel will hold a prayer vigil.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 04, 2014.

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