Abbu wants inventory of houses in reloc sites
Councilor Jose Pepe S. Abbu, Jr. on Monday, during the regular session of the 20th City Council presided over by City Vice Mayor Jocelyn B. Rodriguez, pushed for an inventory of the city’s various socialized housing projects, saying: “WE (need) to (know) how many houses are vacant nga pwede pud mahatag sa nanginahanglan.”
He made this reaction to the special report of Councilor Edgar S. Cabanlas, chair of the City Council committee on urban and rural poor and housing development, regarding alleged anomalies at the City Housing and Urban Development Department (CHUDD).
According to Abbu, he noticed that many houses in the city’s socialized housing projects are unoccupied, and that some others are already damaged and in bad shape.
“Galabay ko diha sa Pahiron daghan kaayo balay wala’y gapuyo,” Abbu said.
He also questioned if those already residing are qualified to occupy or avail the housing program of the city government.
Councilor Abbu likewise proposed that a parallel investigation be conducted by the committee on urban poor, inviting concerned offices of the city, to shed light on the matter.
“..nag-ingon ang reporter nga naa siya’y gi-craft nga ordinance tabangan pud siya for the possible amendment of the existing ordinance or perhaps pass an ordinance to repeal the existing one,” Abbu opined.
Councilor Cabanlas agreed to the proposal of Councilor Abbu for the inventory of houses, saying that we cannot ask for the inventory before because those people involved are also the ones giving the supposed data and protecting what they were doing. “They will not tell you the truth”, said Cabanlas. He informed the body that the issuance of entry passes and awarding of new housing units to beneficiaries were put on hold until the issues are resolved.