Questionable Beneficiaries in Tent Cities Due For Investigation

The Estate Management Division (EMD) has declared that it cannot yet put on ‘hold’ some beneficiaries whose occupancy at the Tent City are considered questionable.

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This is what EMD Chief Ms. Virginia Diguinion revealed when reports about temporary shelters being occupied by people other than the registered occupants reached her office.

“We cannot just put them on hold because they are, after all, entitled to the relocation. What we can do, however, is to conduct a thorough investigation so that we can have legal basis should we actually need to put them on hold,” Diguinion said.

According to the daily monitoring records on the Calaanan Tent Cities made by the EMD staff, Rubina Castro and Maryjane Alipoyo, there are tents wherein the current occupants are no longer the original legitimate beneficiaries.

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Due to these findings, Castro and Alipoyo wished to recommend to put on hold the aforementioned beneficiaries from joining the raffling for the permanent housing units until their questionable tent ownership are resolved.

The beneficiaries in Tent City 1 are identified as Miguelito Moring of Tent No. 143; Leoncio Zapanta of Tent No. 107; and Elizabeth Bonghanoy of Tent No. 176, all residents of Isla de Oro.

Per EMD’s 2003 survey records, Moring, Zapanta, and Bonghanoy were all house owners in Isla de Oro.

“But sometime before the typhoon Sendong, they have already sold their houses in Isla de Oro, and yet they, instead of the new owners, claimed the rights to the temporary shelters in Calaanan,” Castro reported.

A certain Josefina Candelosa was the buyer of Moring’s house; Nelson Enerio was the buyer of Zapanta’s house; while Bonghanoy herself admitted that she had long sold her house to someone who is now temporarily billeted at the City Central School.

The EMD also discovered other odd circumstances like the situation in the tent of Joel Ayop, a resident of USA, Tibasak, Macasandig, where it was disclosed that the woman living with him in the tent is not his wife, Arlene. Similarly, Fidel Sebastian, a resident of Isla de Oro, was also found to be sharing his tent with some other woman instead of his wife, Wilma.

By virtue of these findings, Ms. Diguinion ordered a thorough investigation in order to acquire facts and legal documents upon which the EMD can base their next course of action.

She called on and encouraged the beneficiary wives who were denied access to their tents (by their husbands) to write to the office of the EMD so a proper investigation can commence.