Arroyo to visit recipients of her housing projects in last few months of public office

Published November 18, 2018, 2:08 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Charissa Luci-Atienza

Considering herself as a soon-to-be “graduate” from public service, Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said her last plan as a public servant is to visit the recipients of her housing proclamations in the last few months of her stay in public office.

Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo during the opening of the Third Regular Session of Congress on Monday. (Jansen Romero/ MANILA BULLETIN)
Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (Jansen Romero/ MANILA BULLETIN)

The former President said she needs to ensure that recipients of her housing proclamations are in good condition and that their rights and welfare are protected and safeguarded under the law.

“Ako naman magga-graduate na—magga-graduate talaga sa public service. Kaya ang inisip ko, eto sa mga huling plan ng aking pagiging public servant, gusto kong libutin yung mga paborito kong mga proyekto (I am going to graduate from public service. That is why I am thinking, this is my last plan as public servant, I’d like to visit my favorite [housing] projects) ,” she said in her speech during her visit in Brgy. Northbay Boulevard South-Proper in Navotas City over the weekend.

She noted that more than 800 families in Northbay Boulevard South Proper benefited from the earlier presidential proclamations she issued and the Free Patent Law she signed in 2010.

“Kaya kayo, bilang isa namang unang nakinabang sa Proclamation na hinabilin ko sa aking pag-iisip mula pa noong panahon ng tatay ko, at unang unang nakinabang sa Free Patent law. Ako’y nasisiyahan na maganda ang inyong kalagayan dito,” Arroyo said.

During her stint at Malacañang, Arroyo issued a total of 118 presidential proclamations awarding land titles to urban poor communities all over the country.

She had so far visited the housing communities in Barangays Sitio Pajo, Baesa, Quezon City, Escopa also in Quezon City and Scout Ranger 1-A in Lower Bicutan, Taguig City.

Arroyo noted that when she assumed presidency in 2001, she conducted a dialogue with urban poor leaders, who batted for land security.

“Tinanong ko sa maralitang tagalungsod, ‘ano ang inyong pinakahangarin?’.Hindi ko makalimutan ang mga salitang sinabi ninyo: “Gusto naming ang katiyakan sa lupang tinitirikan.”Yung ang inyong hiningi. Kaya iyon ang sinabi ko, “Sige, sa maralitang taga-lungsod, iyan ang gagawin ko sa aking pagka-Pangulo—katiyakan sa lupang tinitirikan,” she told the crowd.

During her presidency, Arroyo signed the Free Patent Act (RA 10023) that eased the requirements and procedures in the titling of unregistered residential lands.

An estimated 39-million Filipinos living on unregistered lands were expected to benefit from the law which reduced the period of eligibility for titling from 30 years to 10 years.

“At alam niyo, 2010 ko pinirmahan yoon, early 2010, ang unang unang community na nakinabang sa Free Patent Law ay walang iba kung hindi yung Northbay Boulevard area. Kaya dalawa yung kinukumusta ko dito. Kinukumusta ko yung na-proclaim na CELA (Certificate of Entitlement to Lot Allocation as a result of a Presidential Proclamation) at kamusta na yung unang nagbenepisyo sa Free Patent Law ng 2010,” she said.

During her visit to Navotas City, Arroyo also facilitated the conduct of a medical mission for the residents with the help of the Department of Health (DOH) . She was accompanied by Navotas Mayor John Rey Tiangco and his Vice Mayor Clint Geronimo.

 
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