Cebu City Hall makes deal with Church to get Osmena Mausoleum

January 11, 2011 9:51 am 

CEBU CITY, Jan. 11 – The Cebu City Council is pursuing a deal with the Catholic Church to get the historical Osmena Mausoleum owned by the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Cebu (RCAC).

The council has passed a resolution authorizing Cebu City Michael Rama to sign a memorandum of agreement with the RCAC, to be signed by outgoing Cebu Archbishop Ricardo J. Cardinal Vidal before he retires.

The Cebu City Government will give up a 729-square-meter property in Pasil, which is leased to the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. but subleased to the Sisters of Charity.

In exchange, the city will get Osmena Mausoleum, which City Hall believes is of historical value.

The mausoleum is the resting place of the late senator Sergio Osmena Jr., father of Rep. Tomas Osmena (Cebu City, south district) and the late first lady Estefania “Dona Pepang” Veloso Osmena, wife of the late president and Cebu’s ‘grand old man” Sergio Osmena Sr.

Former Cebu City councilor Rogelio “Jingjing” Osmena Jr. was also laid to rest at the mausoleum.

”The Osmena Mausoleum is of historical importance to the City of Cebu,” the draft memorandum of agreement (MOA) read. <P>“The Sisters of Charity is worried that someday, when the contract (with RAFI) ends, they will be ejected from the place, thus hampering on the objectives of the Roman Catholic Church, which is to serve the poor,” it said.

The Osmena Mausoleum covers 9,282 square meters, appraised by the City Appraisal Committee at P11,450 per square meters.

The Pasil property was only appraised at P3,200 per square meters.

Both parties already agreed that since the mausoleum is of greater value, the City will pay RCAC P5 million.

It will not be paid in cash but it will be deducted in the tax payments of the RCAC’s real properties for five years starting in 2010. (PNA)

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