Laws committee backs transfer of SRP Lots
THE Cebu City Council committee on laws has endorsed a proposed ordinance transferring ownership of 2.5 hectares of land in the South Road Properties (SRP) to the Cebu Provincial Government.
The draft legislation, filed by Councilor Eugenio Gabuya Jr., covers a property that was included in the 93-1 land swap deal.
Last Aug. 3, the City Government and Cebu Provincial Government finally signed the Deed of Donation and Acceptance of the lots belonging to 93-1, after close to 30 years.
In December 2016, Mayor Tomas Osmeña and Gov. Hilario Davide III signed the memorandum of agreement (MOA) on the land swap deal between the City and the Province.
Based on the MOA, the Province will give the City 32 hectares of lots spread across several barangays, which are occupied mostly by urban poor settlers.
It will also hand over 1.5 hectares in the Department of Agriculture compound on M. Velez St.; 2,358 square meters on Gorordo Ave. in Barangay Lahug; and 577 square meters on Don Gil Garcia St. in Barangay Capitol Site.
In exchange, the City offered the Province a 2.5-hectare lot in the SRP. It is also proposing to turn over to the Province a 3.3-hectare block behind SM City in Barangay Mabolo; a 2.5-hectare botanical garden behind SM Seaside in the SRP; nine hectares in Barangay Pulpogan, Consolacion; the 1.37-hectare lot where the septage treatment plant lot stands; and the 2,476-square-meter lot where the city abattoir stands.
The deal also includes returning to Capitol the City’s possession of and rights to the zoo, a condition set by the Province.
The transfer of the Pulpogan property, though, is still pending before the Regional Trial Court Branch 9.
Meanwhile, the botanical garden will be handed to the Province through an ordinance. This is pursuant to Section 3 of City Ordinance 2332, which protects SRP and its stakeholders from unlawful and unauthorized transactions.
In its report, the committee on laws said the proposed measure is within the power of the City Council to enact.
A public hearing with the concerned parties is set on Sept. 11. (RTF)
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