Members of Kaisahan-Negros yesterday said they were dismayed by the result of their recent dialog with Bacolod Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson who, they claimed said there was no assurance that if the government can help them with the on-site relocation of their members in Brgy. Punta Taytay.
Sayson, however, said, “I believe there is another misinterpretation here. I promised them that there is a relocation site for them, but it is up to them if they will apply,” Berlita Ante, secretary general of Kaisahan-Negros said they have 43 household members in Purok Masinulundon, Brgy. Punta Taytay, whose houses will be demolished tomorrow.
She said they asked Sayson if it is possible for the city government to spare P3 million for their on-site relocation since the landowner has agreed to sell the 3,257 square meters they occupied.
Sayson told the DAILY STAR their request cannot be easily approved because the P250 million was loaned from Philippine Veterans Bank with the purpose of buying a relocation site for the squatters.
He said there is P18 million left of the amount, but they cannot use it for other projects like that requested by Kaisahan.
If they do this, Sayson said, they will have to officialy change the purpose of the funds borrowed as it requires the approval of the bank and the Sangguniang Panlunsod.
But Ante claimed that Sayson encouraged them to write to Mayor Evelio Leonardia for a dialog and ask him for financial assistance, and discuss their on-site relocation.
They also want to suspend the demolition tomorrow until classes end in March.
The group also said that if the demolition will push through tomorrow, they will not go anywhere, instead they will camp out in the same place.*LTG