BACOLOD City – About 101 families in Barangays Buenavista and Cansilayan in Murcia received free residential patents in ceremonies led by Murcia Mayor Andrew Montelibano and City Environment and Natural Resources Officer Joan Gerangaya Friday.
Some 71 families in Buenavista heaved a sigh of relief after claiming their free patents on a property they have been occupying for decades but face the uncertainty of being evicted anytime.
“After long years of wait, we can now finally sleep soundly at night without worrying that may be tomorrow, or the next day, we will be rendered homeless,” the tearful Buenavista resident Nenita Baliguas told the assembly.
Baliguas was the oldest beneficiary at 72 in Barangay Buenavista, where more than 2 hectares were subdivided among informal settlers.
Montelibano said the free residential patent distribution is a continuing program of his administration under the “Handog Titulo ni Andrew” campaign, in synergy with CENRO and the Municipal Assessor’s Office for more than two years.
Also helping in the distribution of the free patents were Vice Mayor Gerry Rojas, SB Members Johnny Reosura, Ajun Santiago, Shiela Gela and Adrian Olimpo.
Joining them were Municipal Assessor Randy Gamboa, Ruel Villarosa, and Barangay Captains Clemente de la Pena, of Salvacion, and Isidoro Rodrigazo, of Buenavista.