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INVENTORY OF CITY’S LOTS CALLED

Mandaue City Mayor Quisumbing says scarcity of lots means lost opportunit­ies for the City

- As stewards of the City, the personal interest of one or few people should have no place over the assets of Mandaue. MAYOR LUIGI QUISUMBING / JPP

Mandaue City Mayor Luigi Quisumbing wants to have an inventory of all government lots in his city to know their current status.

The mayor has tasked the City Treasurer, the City Legal Office and the the City Council to review all the lease contracts of all City properties.

Quisumbing also wants to include lots that were already sold or remain unused to determine if the government or the city benefited from them.

He made the call during his State of the City Address early last week.

In a talk with Superbalit­a Cebu, Quisumbing said he supposedly authorized the creation of more housing units with a fund

of P1 billion, but since the City doesn’t have enough lots where the units can be built on, they were only able to use around P220 million from the budget given by the National Housing Authority, which constructe­d the low-rise socialized housing project in Barangay Looc.

“Para nako, dako na kaayo

na nga opportunit­y lost because we could’ve provided housing for hundreds more had the land to do so. That’s why we want to make sure nga ma-imbentaryo nato whether or not these lands that used to be owned by the city--what happen to them? What is the status? Unsay nahitabo kay these are lands nga

magamit unta nato for socialized housing. These are lands

nga magamit unta nato para

sa government services but instead, para nako if we sold it or if we gave it away practicall­y,

murag dako kaayo ang alkansi

Mandaue (For me, that’s one big opportunit­y lost because we could’ve provided housing for hundreds more if we only had the lots for them. That’s why we need an inventory of city lands--what happened to them? What is their status? We could’ve used these lands for socialized housing, for government services, but instead, we seemed to have sold them or practicall­y gave them away. It seems it’s a big disadvanta­ge for Mandaue),” Quisumbing told SunStar Superbalit­a.

It has been a perennial problem for Mandaue City to find lots for housing projects, government offices and even police stations.

Because of growing investment­s, the demand for more lots has risen.

“Given its scarcity, it becomes imperative to maximize the land assets of the city to reach its maximum economic potential,” Quisumbing said in his SOCA.

The mayor’s instructio­n came after he found out last month that the City bought a lot in Barangay Mantuyong, but this did not appear in any inventory. This was so because the City still lacks P100,000 in payment, which was why the land title has not been transferre­d under the City’s name.

“This land we could’ve used for a fire station, day care center or health center but because of inefficien­cies of the past, an amount of P100,000 was not paid, so wala na-transfer sa dakbayan ang yuta (we weren’t able to transfer it under the City’s name), although the bulk of it has already been paid by public funds,” he said.

“As stewards of the City, the personal interest of one or few people should have no place over the assets of Mandaue,” Quisumbing said in his SOCA.

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