Kamagayan folks seek City’s help

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Sunday, August 31, 2014


AT LEAST 37 families in Sitio Sto. Niño, Barangay Kamagayan, Cebu City are seeking financial help from the City Government, as they have been ordered by the court to leave the area where they are residing.

Last Aug. 11, Municipal Trial Courts in Cities (MTCC) Branch 3 Sherrif III Loyd Tagalog served the notice ordering the 37 families to vacate the area. They are to leave the property and remove their structures five days after receipt of the notice.

The issuance of a notice to vacate followed after the MTCC found out that the lot the families are occupying is owned by Lucina Kimseng, Jennie Humes and Francis Kimseng.

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In a letter to Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella, Marife Maristela, president of the Sto.

Niño Homeowners’ Association, has asked for financial assistance from the City so the affected families can start rebuilding their lives. They, however, did not specify how much cash aid they need.

The same letter was referred to the office of Councilor Alvin Dizon, who is the chairperson of the committee on housing.

During their Aug. 27 regular session, the council tackled the group’s request.

The legislative body referred the association’s request to the Division for the Welfare of the Urban Poor and the Department of Social Welfare Services for their appropriate action.

The families are no longer resisting their eviction as they have already entered into a compromise agreement with the owner of the property.

The agreement, which was made in April 2013 yet, provides that the 37 families will vacate the property so there will be “peace.”

The families were given a one-year grace period to stay in the property, which lapsed last January.

“The parties have hereby waived whatever rights and/or claims, counterclaims they may have against each other and further agreed that this compromise agreement shall constitute the full and final settlement of their case,” the agreement added.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 01, 2014.

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