Backlogs, lack of records haunt relocation program

THE Iloilo City government clarified that the relocation of displaced families is on a “first-come, first-served” basis.

City Administrator and officer-in-charge of the Iloilo City Urban Poor Affairs Office (ICUPAO) Hernando Galvez reacted to the proposed resolution of City Councilor Jose Efrain “Jay” Treñas requesting ICUPAO to provide assistance and relocation sites to 32 families in Brgy. Jereos in La Paz district who are facing eviction.

The residents are the subject of a writ of demolition in Civil Case No. C-V-558-14.

Galvez said some families who lost their homes in 2010 and 2011 are still waiting in line to get their relocation lots.

He cited the 70 families staying in transient houses in San Isidro since 2010 who should be given priority.

“First-come, first-served na. Unahon mo. Indi nga kung sin-o lang da ang kilala naton amo na da.  Pasensyahanay lang kita no, first-come, first-served basis. Indi nga ulihi ka, kundi sila naman ang bulos sa transient kung in kaso. Ang mga transient man dapat ang unahon mo kay 2010 pa na sila da naguba,” he said.

Dapat sina nga proseso sayluhon mo to ang nauna kag mabulos ka di kung gusto mo. Indi nga kamo ya ang ulihi kamo pa ya ang nauna. Daw indi naman na ya matarong siguro. Bisan kamo sa inyo lugar masakit man buot niyo,” he added.

City Councilor Plaridel Nava also hit Treñas earlier for being “selective” in choosing the beneficiaries.

Nava said there are still hundreds of displaced families since two to three years ago who are waiting for relocation sites.

The city council deferred any action on Treñas’ resolution.

Galvez also raised the problem on the lack of relocation sites and the official record of bonafide beneficiaries as mandated by Republic Act No. 7279 (Urban Development and Housing Act of 1992).

“No official record was turned over to us by the casual employees or job hires, which is contrary to the law which mandates that those who manage the ICUPAO should be permanent employees. And these job hires are not accountable persons so we do not have the official document nga mapanubli. Wala na da gani nabal-an kun sin-o ang official awardee and anybody could just claim that they are an official awardee,” he said.

The city administrator temporarily assumed the post following the resignation of former ICUPAO head Roy Fermiza.

Galvez said that under his management, he assured that he will set things straight “slowly but surely.”

“We are in the process of evaluating the competent beneficiaries,” he said.

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