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VP Noli awards land titles to 341 Pinatubo families
08 January 2006

VICE-President and concurrent Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) chairman Noli 'Kabayan' De Castro started the new year on a positive note by awarding land titles to Mt. Pinatubo housing beneficiaries in Magalang, Pampanga.

A total of 341 families received their transfer certificates of title (TCTs) while 484 other families were awarded certificates of house allotment (COHA) when De Castro visited the Sta. Lucia Resettlement Center in the said province the other day.

"As I have promised, I'll come back not simply to make a social visit. I came here to bring you what you have dreamed of for a very long time. I have with me the titles of the lands that will finally make you genuine and legitimate homeowners," De Castro said during turnover ceremonies witnessed by local officials and other government representatives.

De Castro said the awarding brought the total number of land titles given to Mt. Pinatubo victims to 9,426 titles since HUDCC started the production of titles for the concerned relocation sites in 2002.

Some 40,000 titles still remain to be processed. "Marami pa po ang kailangang tumanggap ng kanilang mga titulo kung kaya't patuloy po namin tinututukan ang gawain dito para sa inyo," De Castro said.

However, he said that even if the Pinatubo Project Management Office (PPMO) already closed due to budgetary reasons because the National Housing Authority (NHA) was recently tasked to assume the
functions of PPMO.

With its vast experience in housing and adequate manpower, the NHA can do and finish the job it inherited from PPMO.

At the same time, De Castro announced that the government has allotted P1billion budget for housing this year. A big portion of the budget shall be used in the national relocation program in relation to the Northrail Project, he said.

"Tulad nga po ng aking nasabi kamakailan, marami pa po
ang kailangang gawin ukol sa pambansang programa ng ating pamahalaan lalung lalo na para sa ating mga mahihirap na kababayan at hindi po ako titigil magtrabaho ng lubos upang masiguro na mabigyan ng disenteng tahanan at magandang kinabukasan ang ating mga kapus-palad na mamamayan," he added.

De Castro reminded the housing beneficiaries’ particularly those who recently got their titles not to sell their newly acquired properties because it is prohibited by the government.

"Bukod po dito, hindi ko po nanaisin na mawala sa inyo ang tanging yaman na maiaalay ng pamahalaan para sa inyo at ang tanging mahalagang bagay na maipapamana ninyo sa inyong mga anak at sunod na salinglahi," he said.

He said housing beneficiaries can help make the national shelter program a success by being responsible citizens who are united with the government in pushing for the country’s development.

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