Relocating families, rehab of schools experience delays

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014


THE northern Cebu town of Daanbantayan has to relocate 3,000 families but it can only work on one out of three relocation sites.

Mayor Augusto Corro said work on two relocation sites has been delayed due to land acquisition issues.

The Municipal Government has started building houses on the 5,400-square-meter lot in Barangay Aguho, which was donated by the Cebu Provincial Government. Mayor Augusto Corro said 75 families would be able to relocate to the area in December this year.

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Aside from Aguho, the town has identified a 1.3-hectare lot in Barangay Paypay, donated by the mayor's younger sister Elaine Corro, and a two-hectare property in Barangay Poblacion as relocation sites for families that live in danger zones.

The need to vacate danger-zones arose after super typhoon Yolanda made landfall in Daanbantayan last Nov. 8.

No dwellings

The damage caused by the weather phenomenon prompted the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to prohibit permanent dwellings on a 40-meter-wide easement on coastlines.

A memorandum of agreement between the Municipal Government and Elaine Corro is being prepared for the donation of the lot in Paypay. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on May 16 for the 128 houses to be built in the area.

The Municipal Government, however, has yet to obtain a title for the two-hectare relocation site in Barangay Poblacion. The lot is covered only by a tax declaration.

Corro said the Commission on Audit does not allow government to purchase lots that are not titled.

The rule also poses a problem for relocation programs in Bantayan and Camotes Islands, all in Cebu.

But even if Daanbantayan finally completes work at the three relocation sites, it would only have 400 houses.

The town has better prospects in rehabilitating schools damaged by super typhoon
Yolanda.

Mayor Corro said he expects the repair and rehabilitation of schools to be 70 percent completed next month with the help of the private sector.

When the school year opened on June 2 only 40 percent of damaged schools could be occupied, so the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc., which is helping the school rehabilitation program, provided tents to be used as temporary classrooms.

The rehabilitation of the remaining schools would be completed by the end of this year with the help of the National Government, Mayor Corro said.

He added that Department of Education Cebu Schools Division Superintendent Arden Monisit told him that there are funds from the National Government for construction of 120 classrooms in Daanbantayan.

The Municipal Government will also get help from Department of Interior and Local Government to rehabilitate the public utility vehicle terminal, municipal hall and cultural center.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 17, 2014.

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