City gov’t to as­sist stu­dents stay­ing in city condo

The Freeman - - NEWS - — Jean Marvette A.

Schol­ars of Cebu City from moun­tain ar­eas and schol­ars who are en­rolled at Asian Col­lege of Tech­nol­ogy and/or the Asian Col­lege of Tech­nol­ogy can heave a sigh of re­lief as the Cebu City gov­ern­ment will be ex­tend­ing as­sis­tance to them.

Dur­ing the reg­u­lar ses­sion yes­ter­day, the City Coun­cil ap­proved the res­o­lu­tion of Councilor Mar­garita Os­meña's charg­ing P1.17 mil­lion against the city's share of Philip­pine Amuse­ment and Gam­ing Cor­po­ra­tion (PAGCOR) funds which will be used to sub­si­dize the board and lodg­ing ex­penses of the 196 col­lege stu­dents who were forced to va­cate the Cebu City Hil­ly­land dor­mi­tory.

The dor­mi­tory is due for de­mo­li­tion af­ter be­ing de­clared un­safe for oc­cu­pancy.

The Mines and Geo­sciences Bu­reau con­ducted a ground pen­e­trat­ing radar in­ves­ti­ga­tion in the Cebu City Hil­ly­land Dor­mi­tory in March 2016 and dis­cov­ered a sink­hole in the area. The MGB rec­om­mended that the build­ing will be va­cated since the build­ing and the area is no longer safe for the oc­cu­pants.

“In view of the MGB rec­om­men­da­tions, the Of­fice of the Mayor or­dered the clo­sure of the Cebu City Hil­ly­land Dor­mi­tory on 15 June 2017, and Mr. Paz, in­stead rec­om­mended for the sub­sidy of the board and lodg­ing ex­penses of the stu­dents,” reads a por­tion of the ap­proved res­o­lu­tion.

The res­o­lu­tion also states that the city gov­ern­ment will give P1,000 rental monthly sub­sidy to the schol­ars. The P1.17 mil­lion will cover the rental sub­sidy from July to De­cem­ber this year.

The for­mer oc­cu­pants of the city's dor­mi­tory are from var­i­ous moun­tain barangays of the city.

Mean­while, Mayor To­mas Os­meña has al­ready signed the com­pro­mise agree­ment of the city and the ACT/ ACTIEF for the city to ini­tially pay P56 mil­lion as set­tle­ment amount out of the P186 mil­lion that cov­ers the tu­ition fees of the schol­ars.

The Re­gional Trial Court of Cebu City Branch 5 will re­solve the joint mo­tion of the city and the school to ap­prove the com­pro­mise agree­ment by both par­ties to­day.

Os­meña said hop­ing that the court will ap­prove the mo­tion of both par­ties to put an end to the case.

The move will be ben­e­fi­cial to at least 2,600 city schol­ars who have not got­ten their tran­script of records be­cause of the non­pay­ment of the city gov­ern­ment.

“All TORs will fi­nally be re­leased to all stu­dents. They are vic­tims of pol­i­tics, plain and sim­ple,” he said.

The pay­ment of P56 mil­lion as set­tle­ment amount will pave the way for the re­lease of the TORs of stu­dents who have grad­u­ated in pre­vi­ous years.

Councilor Mar­garita Os­meña, for her part, said the city gov­ern­ment has pre­vi­ously al­lo­cated a bud­get for the pay­ment but was not re­leased.

She said the City Trea­surer's Of­fice has cash back up to sup­port the pay­ment of the tu­ition fees of the schol­ars in the pre­vi­ous years.

De­me­cillo/MBG

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