A public hearing on the proposed Deed of Conveyance to be entered into by and between the Philippine Reclamation Authority and Bacolod City on the transfer of an aggregate area of 19.1 hectares comprising 29 land titles from PRA to the city, will be conducted by the Committee on Laws, Ordinances and Good Government of the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod.
Councilor Caesar Distrito, committee chairman, said the public hearing is about the request by Mayor Evelio. Leonardia for authority to sign the contract.
Distrito said his committee will check first on the contract and inquire about various issues from the executive department of the city and from the PRA, before granting authority to the mayor.
The proposed Deed of Conveyance includes road lots and the ports presently being utilized by the Bacolod Real Estate Development Corporation, which are subject to a claim by the city to take over its operation and now pending in Court.
Distrito said they will also discuss in the public hearing the location of the lots that were specified by the land titles and will identify the present structures found on these lots.
He added that they will invite to the public hearing Peter Anthony Abaya, the general manager and chief executive officer of PRA, as resource speaker.
The memorandum of agreement between PRA, Bacolod City and BREDCO provides that out of the 108.24 hectares of land to be reclaimed, BREDCO’s share will be 52.50 percent or 56.83 hectares, while the government’s share will be 47.50 percent inclusive of the 30 percent roads and open spaces or 51.41 hectares or more.
It also provides that out of the 108.24 hectares gross project area, 48 hectares have been fully reclaimed and have been issued Certificates of Titles under the name of PRA.
PRA is duty bound to convey to Bacolod City its land share in the titled areas pursuant to Article III,B.1(5) of the MOA, which provides that PRA will be responsible for the titling of the reclaimed land in its name and conveyance of the same to BREDCO, and Bacolod City in accordance with the approve sharing and Land Allocation Plan subject to existing laws.
The PRA Board of Directors has approved an aggregate area of 19.1 hectares comprising 29 land titles to be transferred by PRA to Bacolod City.*CGS