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Lim distributes lots at start of Araw ng Maynila rites

Written by  Pat C. Santos
Tuesday, 19 June 2012 00:00 [ tribune.net.ph ]

Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim yesterday thanked the thousands of city employees for their support by  rendering the best service they could give the residents and those transacting business in City Hall.

Lim made the pronouncement as employees from the Manila City Hall’s various departments, bureaus and offices yesterday showcased their talents during a parade held as part of kick-off activities for the city’s 441st founding anniversary on June 24.

The parade, spearheaded by Lim himself as well as key officials led by secretary to the mayor lawyer Rafaelito Garayblas, city administrator Jay Marzan and chief of staff and media bureau chief Ric de Guzman, among others, was marked by employees in colorful costumes and props that they used in their respective numbers which highlighted the kind of work their offices do.

Some department heads even joined in the numbers prepared by their staff, to the delight of the mayor and those who watched the program.

Lim congratulated all the employees for their effort in making yesterday’s affair colorful and lively as he urged them to continue giving the kind of service that residents deserve and expect.
After the program, Lim proceeded to award home lots to qualified residents of Manila under its “Land-for-the-Landless Program” in a simple ceremony at the Bulwagang Villegas also in line with the week-long celebration of Araw ng Maynila.

Urban Settlements chief Victoria Clavel said yesterday was the 13th time since July 2007 that the mayor has awarded home lots to deserving beneficiaries.

A total of 42 families became instant lot owners in the four districts of Manila particularly in Tondo (Districts I and II), Sampaloc (District IV), Pandacan and Sta. Mesa (District VI).

Lim told the recipients that the city government merely wanted to help them realize their dream of living on their own lots.

Meanwhile, Clavel said those awarded were landless families that were actual occupants of city estates under the coverage of “Land-for-the-Landless Program.”

As of yesterday, Clavel said there were already 6, 694 lot beneficiaries under the city’s land reform program which started in 1967. Of these, 1,449 or 21.64 percent were awarded lots from July 2007, following Lim’s reelection.

The granting of lot awards was pursuant to the mayor’s 11-point agenda for Manila social development, she added.
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