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DTI cedes greater portion of Gredu property to occupants

by Noel Baguio

Davao City (11 February) -- It's a triumph of diplomatic persuasion.

Barangay officials, members of homeseekers association, as well as teachers and parents of a public elementary school in Barangay Gredu, Panabo City can now sleep soundly without fear of being evicted after the Department of Trade and Industry finally relinquished to them a greater portion of its property after long years of lobbying.

The parties involved signed a Memorandum of Agreement at the office of Governor Rodolfo Del Rosario last January 27, 2009.

Signatories of the MOA included Trade and Industry Undersecretary Merly Cruz, Panabo City Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Josephine Fadul, Barangay Captain Bernabe Gesolgon and Gredu Homeseekers Association (GHA) President Leandro Sorrosa.

Gov. Del Rosario signed as witness, together with Raul Gacos from the city division and Franklin Junsay from the barangay.

The governor's genius for tact and diplomacy was instrumental in solving the decades-old dilemma.

After many years of diplomatic arm-twisting and rubbing elbows with several national figures in Manila, Del Rosario's efforts finally paid off when DTI officials agreed to apportion a big part of its property to the occupants.

Lot 62 Psd-39001, with a total area of 23,492 square meters was reserved in favor of the DTI-Cottage Industry Technology Center, formerly known as NACIDA, by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 203 in May 22, 1967.

However, members of the GHA, as the petitioners, were already staying or occupying portions of the said property as early as 1956.

Out of the original land area, DTI only retained Lot 62-A containing some 2,691 square meters. The GHA obtained Lots 62-B, 62-C, 62-D (alley) and 62-E with a total area of 9,743 sq.m. Barangay Gredu gained Lot 62-F containing 1,313 sq.m., while the DepEd gained Lot 62-G with an area of 7,532 sq.m. The rest are allotted for roads and passageways.

The MOA stipulated that the DepEd and the barangay vacate and cede to DTI-CITC two of their buildings each. The parties also agreed that the conveyance of the subject property is on an "as is-where is" basis.

Since the association is required to pay the DTI-CITC the market price of the property, the latter further agreed to assist the association in forging an agreement with the National Housing Authority (NHA), which will provide them the required technical assistance to avail of the property through the Community Mortgage Program of the Social Housing Finance Corporation. (DN-PGO/PIA XI) [top]

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