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SP OKs MOA with NHA for Balubal Reloc Project

THE 18th City Council during its 70th regular session last Monday presided over by Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin V. Uy enacted an ordinance authorizing the City Mayor to enter into and sign the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the National Housing Authority covering the implementation of the CDO-Balubal Relocation Project located in Barangay Balubal under the latter’s Resettlement Assistance Program for Local Government Units.

The project, which is expected to generate a total of 561 serviced lots, is primarily intended to provide housing assistance to families who were affected by Typhoon “Sendong” last December 2011 and those who are qualified to receive relocation and resettlement assistance under Republic Act 7279, The Power learned.

Under the agreement, the city shall make available the project site with an area of 6.90 hectares, and ensure that the property is free from all liens and encumbrances and other legal problems. It shall also provide technical data and documents related to the project site such as land titles, the approved town site and lot plan, provide additional funding should the amount provided by the NHA shall not suffice to complete the project in accordance with the approved plans and specifications and shoulder the cost of any variations per approved specifications and designs instituted by the city.

The city shall constitute the City Local Housing Board, which shall be responsible for the planning, formulation of policies, and other activities to address the housing needs of the city, among others.

For its part, the NHA shall allocate P16 million from the subsidy funds as its total contribution to the project representing the estimated cost for land development, consisting of road works and drainage works through public bidding. In consultation with the city, it shall prepare the land development plans, as well as the detailed engineering plans, technical specifications and costs estimates for land development and submit the same for the approval of the city, among others.

The legislation was reviewed by the committees on finance, budget and appropriations, ways and means and on laws and rules respectively chaired by Councilors Edna M. Dahino, George S. Goking and Ian Mark Q. Nacaya. (JAO)

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