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Bautista, QC courts forge pact to minimize incidents on evictions

By Arlie O. Calalo
12/13/2011 [ tribune.net.ph ]

Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista and the executive judges of the city’s metropolitan and regional trial courts signed yesterday a memorandum of understanding (MoU) primarily aimed at minimizing if not totally stopping unruly incidents during evictions and demolitions.

According to Public Affairs and Information Services Office chief Greg Bañacia, the mayor and Executive Judges Ma. Luisa Padilla, of the QC-RTC and Nadine Jessica Corazon Fama, of the QC-MeTC forged the MoU to ensure the orderly manner of executing eviction or demolition orders, especially in cases involving underprivileged city residents.

Aside from the writ of execution on eviction and demolition, the city government will also be requiring the local courts to furnish local government officials, particularly in the urban poor affairs office (UPAO), with copies of all notices of hearing on petition for the issuance of writ of possession and writs of execution on eviction and demolition, Bañacia said.

Under the agreement, the city government and the courts shall coordinate with each other to ensure that the mandatory requirements provided under Section 28 of Republic Act 7279 otherwise known as the Urban Development and Housing Act (UDHA) will be observed properly.

“It was a move toward closer coordination as the Office of the Mayor specifically will be furnished with copies of all motions for the issuance of writ of execution on eviction and demolition to minimize, if not eradicate, any unruly incidents while in the process of serving court orders,” Bautista said.

UDHA makes it mandatory for the issuance of notice upon the affected persons or entities at least 30 days prior to the date of eviction or demolition and provides that execution of order of eviction or demolition shall be implemented only during regular office hours and during good weather, unless the affected families consent otherwise.
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