La Trinidad landlords waive rental fees

LANDLORDS in Benguet’s capital town are waiving one month rental fees for their tenants amidst coronavirus disease (Covid–19) pandemic.

Social media posts from landlords in La Trinidad went viral announcing to tenants the non-collection of rental fees for a month due to the Covid–19 health crisis.

Lessors Keith Damogo and Daisy Laus from Barangay Pico, La Trinidad announced on March 17 and 18 the move to waive rental fees for both their boarders and tenants.

For Damogo, he said it is a way to help tenants who are challenged by the situation following the threat of Covid-19 hoping others would follow suit.

“Pangalaan da pi piman, sunga irugik en man ipost bareng makarikna met kakadwa agpapaabang ket tuladenda met, pagsayaatan tayo daytoy nga umili nu agmaymaysa tayo,” Damogo posted.

On March 18, Emmanuel Ayban from Barangay Balili also waived his tenants’ one month rental from March 15 to April 15 in consideration of the public health crisis.

Public utilities also followed suit after Benguet Electric Cooperative (Beneco) in an advisory extended bills payment deadline while the La Trinidad Water District waived penalties of late payments.

Previously, the Municipal Council of La Trinidad passed a resolution requesting local public utility services, financial institutions, property lessors and landlords to suspend the surcharges of overdue bills and to extend the payment deadlines of the same until May 2020.

This is in light of the socio-economic challenges of the enhanced community quarantine imposed under proclamation 929 and 922 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte who declared a state of public health emergency in the whole country.

“There is a need to alleviate fears and frustrations of the people of La Trinidad in this time of global emergency. A postponement of the deadlines of the payment of public utility bills and property rentals will provide a certain financial cushion to our people,” legislators added.

On Covid-19 precautionary measures in the town, thermal scanning and filling out of health declaration forms are implemented within entry points in Barangay Puguis and Kilometer 3.

An operations center at the municipal gym was activated on Tuesday.

The local government unit urged public to avoid unnecessary travel and loitering around the streets.


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