The Philippine Reclamation Authority is ready to turn over the titles owned by the city at the Reclamation Area to the Bacolod City government, City Administrator Rolando Villamor said yesterday.
The area consists of 29 road lots and an 8-hectare property owned by the city, he said.
Tthe PRA wrote the city through the mayor on Sept. 18 asking them to study and forward the matter to the Sangguniang Panlungsod and also requested the mayor to seek the SP authority so they could convey the properties to the city, located in the middle of the Reclamation Area.
He will forward the documents to the City Legal Officer for evaluation and comment and then to the SP for authority to be given to Mayor Monico Puentevella to sign the deed of conveyance, he said.
The deed of conveyance refers to 29 lots in a contiguous 8-hectare property that will go to the City of Bacolod.
Some of the lots are presently occupied by informal settlers. There are people who are interested to buy the property but have requested the city to clear the area of informal settlers, he said. The city has relocation sites to accommodate them, he added.
Under the new set up, all reclamation projects should pass through the PRA (formerly Public Estate Authority), he said.
That is why the title of the 8-hectare property, which belongs to the city, is still in the name of PRA, he said.
The previous administration had been following up the matter with the PRA as early as 2007, reminding them to deliver the titles pertaining to the city, following a resolution passed by the Sangguniang Panlungsod.
In March 1995,the city entered into a Comprehensive Revised Reclamation Agreement with the Bacolod Real Estate Development Corp. providing the whole apron of the port should be titled in the name of Bacolod City.
Five years later,a tripartite agreement was entered into by BREDCO, Bacolod City and the PRA retaining what was agreed in the CRRA that the port will be owned by the city.
Meanwhile, the takeover ordinance filed by the city against BREDCO was already dismissed by the Court and the city has sent a letter to BREDCO asking for an upward adjustment of its monthly rental to the city.
Villamor said all those doing business in the Reclamation area are paying real estate and business taxes to the city that runs to millions.*CGS
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