Oro re­ceives 2nd Gal­ing Pook award

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For the sec­ond time Ca­gayan de Oro was named as among the ten lo­cal govern­ment units (LGUs) in the coun­try rec­og­nized for their in­no­va­tive prac­tices in lo­cal gov­er­nance on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 11.

The “No Vote, Ibot” No More: End­ing the Po­lit­i­cal Bon­dange in Re­set­tle­ment Ar­eas by Pro­vid­ing Se­cu­rity of Ten­ure cam­paign of the City Govern­ment gar­nered the pres­ti­gious 2018 Gal­ing Pook award for out­stand­ing gov­er­nance.

The city’s re­set­tle­ment pro­gram was in­her­ited by Moreno from the Emano ad­min­is­tra­tion. Moreno con­tin­ued the pro­gram but ex­panded it by ac­tu­ally giv­ing the ben­e­fi­cia­ries land ti­tles, in­stead of the usual cer­tifi­cate of own­er­ship.

Moreno said he learned that the cer­tifi­cates given to the ben­e­fi­cia­ries do not ac­tu­ally have “own­er­ship rights” and does not pro­mote se­cu­rity of ten­ure.

“The ben­e­fi­ciary would buy the prop­erty at the same price that the land was bought by the city. Dili na piso kay ang piso kay dili man gyud ma-im­ple­ment nga piso lang ang amount. Ang piso-piso sa una was just a struc­ture in or­der to per­pet­u­ally en­slave the ben­e­fi­cia­ries, wala silay se­cu­rity of ten­ure,” he said.

“Be­cause of this pro­gram, naa na ki­tay se­cu­rity of ten­ure, naa nay tit­ulo, that would lead to so­cial trans­for­ma­tion. We will con­tinue with our quest to em­power the peo­ple, serve them the best way pos­si­ble,” he said.

Through its Task Force for the Eman­ci­pa­tion of Piso-Piso Ben­e­fi­cia­ries , the city has dis­trib­uted over 2,000 land ti­tles to Piso-Piso pro­gram ben­e­fi­cia­ries since 2013.

Last year, the city re­ceived the same award for their en­try “Ris­ing from the Mud”, which showed how the ad­min­is­tra­tion of Mayor Os­car Moreno fa­cil­i­tated the rise from the dev­as­ta­tion of Trop­i­cal Storm Sen­dong.

The com­plete list of cities and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties cited for their out­stand­ing gov­er­nance in­clude:

*Ca­gayan de Oro City “No Vote, Ibot” No More: End­ing the Po­lit­i­cal Bon­dange in Re­set­tle­ment Ar­eas by Pro­vid­ing Se­cu­rity of Ten­ure

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