Mayor Arnan C. Panaligan orients beneficiaries about the flagship program dubbed Housing Opportunities Towards People Empowerment (HOPE) of the city government of Calapan during the awarding of financial assistance. (Photo by LGU-Calapan City)

CALAPAN CITY, Oriental Mindoro — The city government of Calapan through Mayor Arnan C. Panaligan recently gave financial aid amounting to P620,000 to 174 families of the St. Joseph Resettlement Village Homeowners Association in this city.

The financial assistance is part of the local government’s housing and land titling for settlers under Housing Opportunities Towards People Empowerment (HOPE), the flagship program of the city government in housing and settlements.

According to Mayor Panaligan, the amount provided by the government will be utilized in processing the land titles of the residents who are living in the resettlement site.

The resettlement area located in Brgy. Bayanan 2 was negotiated by the city government to the Apostolic Vicariate of Calapan under the then Bishop Warlito I. Cajandig, the owner of the land.

Upon agreement, the city government developed the site by constructing roads, putting power lines, water system, other facilities and survey and titling of the land intended for the beneficiaries.

With Mayor Panaligan during the awarding of financial aid was Engr. Jojo Reyes, city housing and urban settlements officer and program manager for flagship infrastructure projects.  Barangay Chairperson Marivic Garcia and the barangay officials also witnessed the event.

“From squatters to title holders, from landless to landowners – it’s the city govermnment’s way of showing care and concern,” said Mayor Panaligan.  (LTC/PIA-OrMin)