After 7 years, Sendong survivors to get land titles

FAMILIES who survived Typhoon Sendong in 2011 will finally get land titles before the year ends, as the City Government will soon begin the distribution of titles in 23 resettlement areas.

Some 430 families living in one of the resettlement areas, GK-SMC housing in Barangay Balubal signed the deed of donation, the last step in the tedious process of land titling.

Engineer Ermin Pimentel, head of the City Housing and Urban Development Department (Chudd), said they aim to provide land titles to all of the 23 Sendong relocation sites, free of charge by the city government.

Pimentel said they are currently working on to provide land titles to some 6,500 Sendong survivors living in the relocation sites.

Mayor Oscar Moreno, in his message to the beneficiaries, pointed out the importance of continuity of his programs after his last term in 2022.

Moreno urged the Sendong survivors to choose officials who support his programs in the next elections.

"Kini nga programa dili lang man kang Oca Moreno lang. Kini nga programa, programa sa atong pondok," the mayor said.

(This program is not just for Oca Moreno. This program is for all.)

Meanwhile, Pimentel said there is a possibility that housing programs will be affected if the next leader does not prioritize the city's housing need, which is pegged at 34,000.

He assured, however, that they are making sure to secure resolutions from the City Council in every step of the way.

With this, the process is institutionalized and programs will continue despite the possible change of leadership.


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