City do­ing con­sul­ta­tions with 93-1 ben­e­fi­cia­ries

The Freeman - - NEWS - — Odessa O. Leyson/GAN

The Cebu City Divi­sion for the Wel­fare of the Ur­ban Poor (DWUP) is now iden­ti­fy­ing the var­i­ous prob­lems of at least 5,000 ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the 93-1 land swap deal to gather ideas in com­ing up with guide­lines for the of­fi­cial dis­po­si­tion of the lots.

Af­ter the Cebu Province and the Cebu City Gov­ern­ment sealed the ex­change of prop­er­ties last Au­gust 3, the city now owns the provin­cial lots iden­ti­fied in the or­di­nance.

The ben­e­fi­cia­ries are from Barangays Kam­puthaw, Capi­tol Site, Kalu­nasan, Busay, Luz, Lahug, Mabolo, Apas, Lorega, San Miguel, Kasam­ba­gan, and Te­jero.

DWUP Op­er­a­tions Head Genevieve Al­coseba told re­porters that they con­sulted the ben­e­fi­cia­ries to get more in­sights in the of­fi­cial trans­fer­ring of lots.

Af­ter the sign­ing of Deed of Do­na­tion and Ac­cep­tance, they al­ready pro­ceeded with the con­sul­ta­tion.

Of the 46 home­own­ers as­so­ci­a­tions, 26 were al­ready con­sulted in or­der to see what the real sit­u­a­tion on the ground is.

Of the 26 con­sulted groups, DWUP has con­ducted tag­ging to 16 as­so­ci­a­tions, which in­clude the de­ter­mi­na­tion the spe­cific prob­lems of in­di­vid­ual ben­e­fi­cia­ries.

“We can­not fi­nal­ize the craft­ing of the guide­lines un­less we can­not have a to­tal com­pre­hen­sion of what is re­ally hap­pen­ing in the grounds, og unsa man gyud ang tinood (nga) predica­ment ug dilemma sa mga tawo. It’s so ironic nga mo­himo ka og balaod with­out even un­der­stand­ing the to­tal sit­u­a­tion in the ground,” Al­coseba said.

Among the iden­ti­fied com­pli­ca­tions on the ground is that one lot al­ready has five oc­cu­pants and the houses are not in ac­cor­dance with the sub­di­vi­sion plan.

She ad­mit­ted that they are not amenable with the sug­ges­tion of Coun­cilor Jose Daluz III to deal with the ben­e­fi­cia­ries in­di­vid­u­ally, not by as­so­ci­a­tions.

She said the as­so­ci­a­tions will serve as an out­let for the city gov­ern­ment to re­lay what­ever in­for­ma­tion about the dis­po­si­tion of lots.

Al­coseba said if they will han­dle it in­di­vid­u­ally, it would cre­ate chaos or con­flict be­tween the ben­e­fi­cia­ries.

How­ever, she em­pha­sized that he un­der­stands why Daluz made such rec­om­men­da­tion say­ing the lat­ter is just do­ing his job be­ing the voice of the pub­lic in the city coun­cil.

“Para nako nga kami ang naa sa grounds, we are do­ing the dirty works, we don’t see it ap­pli­ca­ble. Da­pat naa sa kay base­line nga sakto nga guide­lines unsa i-deal ang tanan. Af­ter maka-come-up og guide­lines mao na’y base sa tanan,” Al­coseba said.

She added that the dis­posal of prop­erty is by in­di­vid­ual con­tract, not by home­own­ers as­so­ci­a­tions.

The DWUP vowed to fin­ish the con­sul­ta­tion by Oc­to­ber.

Al­coseba said coun­cilors are not barred from giv­ing rec­om­men­da­tions, as she also in­vited them to at­tend to the Lo­cal Hous­ing Board meet­ing on the first week of Oc­to­ber.

Af­ter the said process, they are ex­pected to sub­mit the guide­lines be­fore the city coun­cil for ap­proval.

Be­fore they will pre­sent to the city coun­cil, they will let Mayor To­mas Os­meña see it for pos­si­ble sug­ges­tions.

THE FREEMAN FILE PHOTO

Af­ter the sign­ing of the land swap be­tween the city and the province, the city's Divi­sion for the Wel­fare of the Ur­ban Poor (DWUP) is now con­sult­ing the dif­fer­ent home­owner's as­so­ci­a­tions for the proper dis­posal of the lots.

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