City secures donation for Sta. Catalina right of way PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 06 March 2012 14:03

The proposed Sta. Catalina waterway project, a major water tributary to the open sea, has moved forward with the donation of a private property for road right of way purposes which is one of the setbacks in its early implementation.

On negotiations spearheaded by Councilors Nonong Guingona and Abdurahman Nuño, an owner of one of the properties that will be affected by the proposed project, yesterday formalized his donation of a parcel of land to the city government through Mayor Celso Lobregat in City Hall that will pave the way for the realization of the project soon.

Councilor Guingona said the formal donation of Jaafar Sahid of over 200 square meters of his property to the city government is considered a breakthrough and can serve as a good example for other property owners to follow suit.

Lobregat thanked Sahid for positively responding to the City Government’s initiatives, as he hoped that other owners will follow Sahid’s example. He said supporting and cooperating with the government in the implementation of the Sta. Catalina waterway project will redound to the benefit of the general
public.

Guingona said the negotiation with Hamid took only a little less than 3 months before the formal signing of the deed of donation in City Hall yesterday.

Guingona, whose property is also one of those affected by the project, has formalized his donation right after the City Government has expressed the need for the opening of the Sta. Catalina waterway.

Lobregat has tasked him together with Councilor Nuño and Sta. Catalina barangay officials to conduct negotiations with the owners of lots affected in a bid to pursue the project in a bid to prevent extreme flooding during bad weather condition.

The Sta. Catalina waterway project would move water from Sta. Catalina and the neighboring barangays to the open sea.

After securing Sahid’s donation, Guingona and Nuño are currently negotiation with another lot owner. Guingona said the lot owner has agreed in principle with the city government’s request and what is being awaited is the formal signing of the deed of donation.

Guingona said the lot owners should give their full support to the proposal as the project will not only benefit them but the entire populace.

Also present during the formal signing of the deed of donation at City Hall yesterday were Councilors Percival Ramos and Rudy Lim, Mayor’s Executive Assistant Amilpasa Bandaying, Atty. Edward Fronda and several others. — Sheila Covarrubias