BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella said on Wednesday, March 9, that he was planning to establish tenement housing for the fire victims of Zone 3, Purok Riverside, Barangay Banago, so that they could live safely in their area.
Puentevella said that once the City could prove the ownership of the six-hectare open space in Sta. Clara Subdivision, he could propose the establishment of a tenement for the informal settlers.
“I had it reviewed. Five of the six hectares was supposed to have been turned over to the city many years ago. The title couldn't be found thus we have negotiated with the Sta. Clara homeowners to allow us to be given a donation of about five hectares of the open space property of the said subdivision,” the mayor said.
On March 1, 174 families lost their homes to a fire allegedly set by a resident, who has been charged for destructive Arson.
Puentevella said the city can establish a five-storey tenement building.
“This can be done in a one-hectare property where the fire incident occurred. The remaining five hectares will be developed into an economic enterprise building, which can house an Information Technology building or any other building, which can generate income for the city which can be utilized to buy properties to accommodate informal settlers,” he said.
The mayor wants the City Government to help reorganize the houses of fire victims and informal settlers so that their safety would be assured.
“If the City will allow them to rebuild their own houses, then their situation will still be the same and fire incident can still happen if they adopt again their old location and set up,” he said.