Cebu City, Province to sign MOA on 93-1 lots

THE Cebu City Government and Cebu Provincial Government are set to close the land swap agreement for the 93-1 lots on Dec. 9, in celebration of the Urban Poor Solidarity Week.

While the memorandum of agreement will still be subject for approval by the City Council and Provincial Board, Mayor Tomas Osmeña said the process would be faster if the agreement was made just between the mayor and governor.

“It will still have to be approved by the council, of course. But you see, the process is faster if the governor and mayor would agree, and then let them just change what has to be changed instead of letting the council and province formulate the whole thing,”he said.

The exchange, which was first proposed more than 10 years ago, would free the Province from a collection problem and give it some commercial properties.

Among the properties that are subject for exchange are the City’s sewage treatment plant in the North Reclamation Area (NRA) and the now closed city abattoir.

Also included in the land swap proposal is a 13-hectare City-owned relocation site in Barangay Pulpogan, Consolacion, which houses some 6,000 individuals who used to live in the NRA.

These three properties will be in addition to Block 27, a two-hectare lot in the South Road Properties and the Cebu City Zoo.

The identified properties to be swapped with the Provincial lots in the city were declared as socialized housing sites under Ordinance 93-1.

Despite extensions, most occupants have not fully paid for the lots where their houses are standing.

In turn, the City will have a direct hand in giving thousands of families another chance to own their home lots.

The finalization of the agreement was a campaign promise by Osmeña and Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III to solve the plight of the 93-1 residents 60 days after they assumed office. They assumed office last July 1.

The mayor had announced earlier that “a very nice Christmas gift” awaits the occupants of the lot as the land swap agreement nears completion.

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