By Jaimie Rose R. Aberia
More than 160 beneficiaries of the city of Manila’s Land-for-the-Landless Program (LLP) are now one step closer to finally obtaining titles to lots awarded to them a few years ago, after Mayor Joseph Estrada distributed certified true copies of City Tenants and Security Committee (CTSC) Resolution No. 008-2017 to each of the 165 lot awardees confirming the ownership of lots given to them since 2013.
“This is the legal proof that you are the sole owner of the lots awarded to you. This is also the realization of your dreams to have a land you can call your own,” the Manila mayor told the LLP beneficiaries during ceremonies at the city hall.
CTSC Resolution No. 008-2017 acknowledges the Certificates of Lot Awards previously given to lot awardees under the LLP from 2013 to 2015. The legal document specifies the lot area given to each beneficiary as well as the terms and conditions of the award.
LLP is based on City Tenants and Security Committee Resolution No. 16-A and Republic Act 409, or the Revised Charter of the City of Manila. Through expropriation, the city government buys private properties that are then distributed to qualified applicants.
Under the project, the awardees are given 20 to 25 years to pay for the lots at affordable rates. Within two years from the awarding of the lot, the beneficiaries should occupy the area and vacate the premises not included in the award, according to Danny Isiderio, chief of the city’s Urban Settlements Office (USO).
The price of the 40- to 50-square meter lot ranges from P300,000 to P400,000, with monthly amortization of only P500 to P1,500. The lot awarded cannot be sold or rented for 20 years without the written consent of the Office of the Mayor, and it should be used for residential purposes only.