A COMPROMISE agreement was signed Sunday between the local governments of Cebu City and Cebu province for their 15-year land dispute over a 32-hectare property in Barangay Apas in Lahug, Cebu City.
Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who witnessed the signing, has asked the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) to immediately act on the deal, which is subject to the approval of the Cebu City Regional Trial Court.
“I have requested the OSG to act expeditiously on the case within the bounds of the law, bearing in mind the welfare of our urban poor and the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to give full support to our law enforcement officers and their families,” Ms. Arroyo said in a statement.
Ms. Arroyo declared the property as a socialized housing site during her time as President.
The land was donated by the Cebu provincial government to the Cebu City government in 1959 for the benefit of the military, on the condition that it will be revoked if used for other purposes.
The provincial government later revoked the donation upon learning that the site was being used by illegal settlers.
This was opposed by then President Arroyo through the issuance of Proclamation No. 409, which declared that most of the illegal settlers were retired military officers. — Charmaine A. Tadalan