Lack of title prevents DOH 7 from developing property at SRP: director

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014


THE Cebu City Government donated a two-hectare property at the South Road Properties (SRP) to the Department of Health (DOH) 7 almost seven years ago.

So far, the DOH 7 has not developed the lot.

But this is because the City has not turned over the property’s title to the agency, said DOH 7 Director Jaime Bernadas.

Bernadas said they are supposed to build their regional health office on the lot.

“While we are aware that a designated portion of the SRP with an area of 20,000 square meters has long been set aside for our regional office, construction of buildings thereon was not pursued since we do not possess the title to the said real property,” he said in a letter to the City.

Lack of compliance

Barnadas said the City wrote DOH and informed them they cannot convey yet the title unless DOH complies with paragraphs II and III of the memorandum of agreement (MOA) covering the donation. The MOA was signed in July 2007.

Paragraph II of the MOA provides that DOH will issue a certification that it will not undertake any program or project at the 39,854-square-meter Kawit Island and it will not object to the City’s application for presidential proclamation and special permit for the island.

Kawit Island, which has been integrated into the 300-hectare SRP, was originally reserved for quarantine services and marine-hospital service of DOH by virtue of Executive Order (EO) 43, dated Oct. 25, 1904.

Paragraph III, on the other hand, provides that DOH will agree to amend EO 43 and transfer the administration of the island to the local government unit.

Barnadas, however, pointed out that the City has already been granted a special patent for Kawit Island.

The City, he added, has been exercising its acts of ownership in the area.

“Consequently, the stipulations in paragraphs II and III are rendered moot and are no longer necessary,” he said.

“In view of the foregoing, it is incumbent upon the City to convey to the DOH the designated land and that the title shall be issued in the name of the latter. We hope that this long overdue request shall be granted so that our regional office can now start the preparations for the construction of a multi-story regional health office and thereby adding economic value and activities at the SRP,” he said.

Sought for comment about the matter, SRP Management Office head Roberto Varquez said he will check with the General Services Office on the status of the property’s title.

He said the GSO processes these matters.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 28, 2014.

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