Iligan gov't to shut housing units sold by Sendong survivors

Roxanne R. Arevalo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 19 2018 02:53 PM | Updated as of Dec 06 2018 12:16 AM

Some units in a housing village set up for survivors of typhoon Sendong in Iligan City are occupied by those who were not the intended beneficiaries. Roxanne R. Arevalo, ABS-CBN News

ILIGAN CITY - The local government unit has set a date for the closure of housing units in Bayanihan Village in Barangay Santa Elena that were occupied by non-Sendong survivors.

City Information Officer Jose Pantoja said they want these units closed by April 2, 2018, and the government will file cases against the beneficiary-seller and the unit buyers.

The village was a Gawad Kalinga housing project for families who lost homes during typhoon Sendong last December 2011.

More than half of the 1,700 units were sold by the awardees even when they had prior agreement with GK and the local government that they will not be allowed to sell, lease nor develop their unit.

Kimaloden Abdullah was among those who acquired a unit from a beneficiary. He said he bought the unit for P90,000 in June 2016.

Andullah said he was unaware that the unit could not be sold. He is determined to resolve the matter legally. Many of those who bought units recently were families displaced after the Marawi siege.

Pantoja said that the buyers cannot claim good faith in the purchase of the units as it is their responsibility to find out the conditions the property may be under. 

The local government plans to award the reclaimed units to Sendong survivors who have not been relocated yet.