San Miguel Corporation (SMC) announced that it has formally turned over land ownership titles in Barangay Bambang, Bulakan to the last batch of former residents of Sitio Kinse in Barangay Taliptip.
The new owners of concrete homes are among former residents who moved out of the future site of SMC’s P740 billion airport project. They were able to buy land and build new homes with the financial assistance provided to them by SMC.
The company also helped them find the property they chose, construct their houses, and secured for them electricity and water utilities connection. SMC also took care of processing the transfer of ownership and titling of properties to their names.
In Barangay Taliptip, the former Sitio Kinse residents did not own the land where their houses on stilts stood. They also did not have access to water and electricity.
Immediately after the completion of construction, they decided to move into their new houses last October 31 before heavy rains and wind brought by Typhoon Ulysses reached many parts of Luzon, including Bulacan.
SMC provided a total of 277 owners of concrete and shanty houses in Barangay Taliptip with financial assistance.
The company gave owners of non-concrete houses or shanties P250,000 each, while owners of concrete houses were given the appraised value of their homes, multiplied by two, plus P100,000.
SMC also provided cash assistance to 87 others who were disqualified, for a total of 364 beneficiaries.
Upon the request of Malolos Bishop Dennis Villarojo, SMC also distributed the total appraised cash value of abandoned chapels in Sitio Pariyahan, Sitio Dapdap, Sitio Bunutan, and Sitio Capol to the 242 residents of these sitios.
Although many decided to stay in Bulacan, many residents also transferred to their provinces, namely Samar, Negros, Nueva Ecija, Sorsogon, Mindoro, Masbate, Camarines Sur, Malabon, Bataan Valenzuela, Paranaque, Dumaguete, and Albay.
Many of the residents will still rely on fishing, although they are also looking forward to the livelihood and skills training opportunities to be provided for them by SMC under the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA).
Recently, the first 58 graduates of the TESDA courses completed their courses in shielded metal arc welding, electrical Installation and maintenance, heavy equipment operations, dressmaking, and cookery.Twelve graduates of the Heavy Equipment Operator course are set to be employed in the ongoing dredging project in Tullahan River and also the planned river channel improvement projects in Bulacan.(James A. Loyola)