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PIA Press Release
2010/02/17

Lot for the landless: Tagum mayor surprise Valentines gift

Davao City (17 February) -- On February 14, Mayor Rey T. Uy surprises the informal home settlers of Tagum City during their assembly as Home lot certificates of RTU Grand Village IV of Barangay Apokon were awarded to 356 recipients of 536 lots available with a standard model size of 60 to 80 square meters.

The lots were designed to cater the welfare of the relocated Tagumeņos from the affected areas of Barangay Poblacion (Baex Creak), Barangay West (Purok Mauswagon and Purok Malinawon), Barangay Apokon (Purok Maganda, Purok Pagaran), and Barangay Visayan Village (Purok Santol, Purok Durian, Purok Assessor, Chinese School of Purok Malinawon).

"As a father of our city, it is your welfare that I care most" says Mayor Uy as he reminded the settlers to take care of their land titles. The RTU Grand Village is a ready to use housing area to establish a community with drainage, widened roads, septic tanks prepared by the City Government of Tagum for the settlers.

Mayor Uy wishes for a peace-loving community where garbage will also be properly disposed. Even to the details of drying clothes and raising a family, the Local Chief Executive wants the village to be always presentable as it will soon become a model of housing village initiated by City Government.

SP Chair on Housing Councilor Nickel Suaybaguio Jr. cheered the crowd when he said, "patience pays off, it has been a while that we have waited for this moment to have our own home lot." Since Mayor Uy wanted everything to be perfectly in place, the relocated lot owners waited for a while to get their land titles.

As a symbol of a united spirit between the church and state, Msgr. Ulysses Perandos did solemnize the village. Assisted by Lay Ministers, the home lots of RTU Grand Village IV was sprinkled with holy water. (Cromwell-CIO Tagum) [top]

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