Subd cmte to look into request of Archdiocese

THE request of the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro for the purchase of a lot for its proposed chapel at Sitio Calaanan in Barangay Canitoan will soon be tackled by the City Council committee on subdivision and landed estate chaired by Councilor Dometilo Acenas Jr.

The lot, which is owned by the city government, is located at the Resettlement and Socialized Housing project 1 (CDORSHP-1) Phase 2.


The Power learned tha


t the administrator and parishioners of St. Joseph the Worker Chaplaincy want to purchase the said lot in view of the pastoral and spiritual needs of the residents at the Calaanan Relocation Site.


Based on the sketch plan and technical description prepared by the City Engineering Office, the lot intended to be sold to the Archdiocese contains an area of 4,336 square meters.


City Mayor Oscar Moreno endorsed the request for approval and possible enactment of an ordinance.

LEGAL OPINION

The City Legal Office informed the committee that the office poses no objection to the request considering that it is generally intended for public use.


However, there is a need for an approval from the office of the Commission on Audit (COA) as a requisite under Section 379-380 of the Local Government Code of 1991 in order to weigh the benefits of the government sale.

In case of real property, the disposal shall be subject to the approval of the COA regardless of the value or cost involved, said City Legal Office.


The legal office cited that “before any contemplated sale of real property owned by the government pushes through, there must be a certification that the real property to be sold through negotiated sale is no longer needed for public purpose and that the conduct of public auction for its disposal is impracticable under the circumstances obtaining.”


In the absence of such certification, resort to public bidding is necessary for the validity of the corresponding conveyance, cited the City Legal Office. (JBD)