SP OKs resolution for land donation

FOR BOARDWALK PROJECT

THE Dagupan Sangguniang Panglungsod (SP) authorized Mayor Belen Fernandez to accept another donation of a parcel of land for and in behalf of the city government from a company owned by her family located in Barangay Pantal for the exclusive use for the board walk to be built by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

The lot being donated is a 1,188-square meter lot owned by the CSI Warehouse Club Inc.

The city council specified that the donated land will be used exclusively for the occupation of a boardwalk esplanade, funding of which at P75 million, has already been released by the national government.

The donation for the boardwalk was made to support the program of the city government, Rep. Toff De Venecia and the DPWH and to promote family-oriented activities in the city and  as part of the city’s tourism development.

It was De Venecia who asked for the donation of the land to set the stage for the construction of the boardwalk.

Councilor Redford Erfe Mejia tried to stop the donation but failed being the lone oppositor.

Erfe-Mejia initially demanded a public hearing over the donation but Councilor Jose Netu Tamayo countered citing that a resolution of such nature does not require a public hearing,

Failing at that, Erfe Mejia sought the presence of the City Legal Officer, Budget Officer and the City Assessor to delay the proceedings.

City Legal Officer Geraldine Francisco told the city council that the donation does not suffer any legal infirmities even if the property to be donated is owned by the family of the city mayor, while City Budget Officer said not a single centavo from the city coffer will be spent for the boardwalk project.

To validate the ownership and donation, City Assessor Engr. Suni attested that the registered owner of the property being donated is the CSI Warehouse Club, Inc. situated in Barangay Pantal under Certificate of Title No. 029-2014000626, Cadastral Lot No. 3330-B (Part and Lot No. PSD-01-089100).

The resolution also directed the mayor to execute the deed of donation with CSI Warehouse Club, Inc.

The other councilors who backed the re solution were Maybelyn Fernandez, Alvin Coquia, Dennis Canto, Marvin Fabia and Joshua Bugayong. Councilor Dean Brian Kua abstained due to possible conflict of interest as his family is part-owner of CSI Warehouse Club Inc.

Councilor Jeslito Seen presided the session as presiding pro tempore. (Leonardo Micua)

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