Iloilo City bans sale of awarded relocation lots

November 10, 2011 10:48 pm 

ILOILO CITY, Nov. 10 – Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog has welcomed the enactment of a city ordinance banning the sale of awarded lots in the city's relocation sites.

Mabilog confirmed he has received complaints from city residents on the sale of awarded lots and said the illegal practice must be stopped immediately.

The City Council, during its Wednesday regular session enacted Ordinance No. 2011-726, entitled "An ordinance prohibiting any form of conveyancing of the awarded lot on the relocation sites of the Iloilo City government and providing penalties for violation thereof."

Said ordinance prohibits the transfer of a property, including rights, of a lot awarded to a qualified beneficiary located at any of the relocation sites of the Iloilo City government. Further, it shall be unlawful for anyone to buy or lease the said lot after knowing that subject lot is an awarded relocation lot.

Penalties for violators include six months to one year imprisonment at the discretion of the court for relocation site awardees and perpetual disqualification from availing the relocation and housing program of the city government.

Also, three to six months imprisonment, at the discretion of the court and fine of P5,000 with subsidiary imprisonment in case of non-payment for buyer or transferee of the subject lot; and three to six months imprisonment for anybody who facilitated the conveyance.

Mabilog said he was informed that a practice is prevailing at the relocation site earmarked for more than 300 informal families from the old Iloilo airport. An awardee reportedly facilitated the sale of awarded lots to the detriment of those who were not yet resettled in the area at Lanit, Jaro.

The city mayor also directed the Iloilo City Urban Poor Affairs Office (ICUPAO) to strictly enforce the awards of relocation lots to qualified beneficiaries and monitor the status of the relocation sites. (PNA)

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