Pagadian mayor seeks help for 200 evicted families PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 10 June 2013 11:28

PAGADIAN CITY — Mayor-elect Romeo Pulmones has ordered the City Social Welfare and Development Office to look into the plight of hundreds of evicted families and provide assistance whatever the city government may extend to them.

Pulmones issued the order after some 200 families were evicted Tuesday, on the strength of a court order, from their homes in Purok Sweet Love, Barangay Dumagoc, this city.

They were evicted from a 2.5-hectare property owned by Ruth Duran and her family who agreed to provide relocation site but with corresponding payment and only to “pioneer” affected families only.

This means that only those families who were among the first ones to settle in the property years back will be provided relocation by the Duran family.

Court Sheriff Jimelito Babor said the demolition of the houses from the Duran property is in pursuant to a Writ of Demolition issued in March this year by Regional Trial Court Branch 20 Judge Dennis Vicoy.

Babor said the affected families will be relocated to Barangay White Beach.

Pulmones assured the affected families that they will be provided with tents as temporary shelter and other needs which the city government may extend to them.

Vivian Manlanat, the representative of Dumagoc Settlers Association, said there is nothing she can do but to respect the court order although some of her members refused to vacate unless the city government will provide them relocation site.

Some of Manlanat’s members said they are willing to accept whatever relocation site the city government would provide as long as they could own the land.