Tagum City, Davao del Norte – The wait is finally over.
In line with the EAGLE WINGS program under the social services sector, the residents of Tagumpay La Filipina Village received their original land title in time for Christmas last December 22, 2017.
The certificates are considered gifts by the 104 residents of Tagumpay village who received the original land titles out of 128 residents. The remaining 24 are expected to receive theirs early 2018. The giving of the land certificates was led by the local chief executive, Hon. Allan L. Rellon.
Tagumpay La Filipina Village is more than 6,000 square meters. The land was supposed to be appropriated for a public market for the barangay council however, for more than two decades it served as a residential area. Through the local housing board of the city, this piece of land was converted fully into a residential land.
According to Mrs. Esperanza Estores, a resident of the village, this is indeed good news. The turnover of the land means that they can now modify their homes and not worry about setting up a new house elsewhere. It is also convenient because they are near the public market, school, church, and their barangay office. “Lipay gyud kaayo ang among pasko kay nahatag na gyud sa amo ang titulo.” (Our Christmas is full of joy because we now have our [land] titles.), she added with tears of joy.
Likewise, Mr. Maximo Leopoldo, the President of the Tagumpay La Filipina Village Homeowners’ Association stated that he feels the same way. He is one of the residents who are already there for more than two decades. He reminded his fellow residents to treat their land titles as treasures and gifts that can only come once in their lives. “Ato ning hatagan ug dako nga importansiya…unta dili ni makawang, sayang!” (Let’s give it huge importance. I hope [the struggles and land titles] will not be in vain.)
The conversion was made possible through the urban and development housing act 7279 which stated that if the land didn’t serve its intended purpose, it would be open for socialized housing projects. Ziyarah Manalo/CIO Tagum
104 residents of Tagumpay La Filipina Village finally received their original land certificates from the local government unit of Tagum City. The titles served as gifts in time for Christmas as they were given last December 22, 3 days before the Christmas day. The giving of the certificates was held at the Barangay La Filipina Gymansium of Tagum City. Leo Timogan/CIO Tagum