At least 59 indigent families received their certificates of lot awards and housing units at the Tulungatung Resettlement project during a turn over ceremony held yesterday morning at the City Hall conference room. Mayor Celso Lobregat together with the C PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 16 April 2011 14:58

At least 59 indigent families received their certificates of lot awards and housing units at the Tulungatung Resettlement project during a turn over ceremony held yesterday morning at the City Hall conference room.

Mayor Celso Lobregat together with the City Housing and Land Management Division led in the awarding rite together with representatives from the Gawad Kalinga Foundation, Inc., Tulungatung barangay chair Charlito Sumbrana and Housing division chief Rodrigo Pagotaisidro.

Of the 59 beneficiaries, 11 received certificates and symbolic keys to housing units constructed through the Gawad Kalinga (GK) project while the 48 others received certificates to lots where they can construct their own dwellings. The GK house and lot recipients rendered the so called “sweat equity” which is equivalent to 1,000 hours worth of service whereas the 48 recipients of lot awards will be paying amortization depending on their affordability and based on the ordinance that will b approved by  the City Council.

All the 59 family-recipients were either victims of demolition either through court orders or administrative means, victims of calamity such as flashfloods and fire. They underwent through prequalification set by the Housing Division.

In his message, Mayor Lobregat congratulated the beneficiaries and urged them to take care of the property and to take advantage of the opportunity given by the city government and the Gawad Kalinga.

The beneficiaries can occupy the property within 60 days starting yesterday.
Pagotaisidro said at least 500 families have so far been transferred to the Tulungatung Resettlement site which is one of the numerous resettlement sites developed by the city government under the City Development Strategy.  Ongoing development is the Azcuna Resettlement site in Mercedes.

The city government is also aggressive in its housing and resettlement program aimed at alleviating the plight of the homeless and the landless by speeding up documentation, relocation of qualified beneficiaries, further development of the city’s resettlement areas and strengthening assistance in terms of documentation of urban poor homeowners’ associations. — Sheila Covarrubias