Typhoon Pablo | isaw MONOLOGUE


When Tropical Storm Sendong battered Northern Mindanao last year it left the region with huge loss of lives and properties. This was not the situation after Typhoon Pablo. No loss of life was reported.

The apparent reason was people heeded the announcements and warnings of authorities. As early as 9AM of December 3, people were occupied stocking food, water and emergency kits. Pre-school and elementary classes were suspended. Authorities suspended classes for high school students in the afternoon. Emergency vehicle, equipment and personnel were already on standby…..

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Finally a Light at the Access Road


For two months now residents of Citihomes Subdivision have enjoyed the street lights provided by the Local Government Unit of Opol on the access road to the subdivision.

While it is only few lamp posts carefully appointed in almost a kilometer stretch of the access road from the subdivision’s entrance, the homeowners welcomed this development.

This has provided a degree of relief to homeowners who come home late from work. The project also serves as a deterrent for the ill-motives of some individuals to cause harm to the riding public, including transportation services operators.

It is a perennial complaint of taxi drivers that access road to the subdivision is not well-lit aside from the bad condition of the road. Reason for them to ask additional fee for their services.

The homeowners are extending our gratefulness to the Local Government Unit of Opol, especially to Mayor Dexter Yasay for realizing the said project. We also pray that the good mayor will put another street lighting project that will span from the subdivision to the national highway.

PICHOA-2 2012 Special General Assembly a Success


The Pag-ibig Citihomes Phase 2 Homeowners’ Association, Inc. (PICHOA-2) special general assembly on July 15, 2012 was a resounding success.

Issues and concerns of the members and the association were presented, discussed and clarified. The following are some of the points raised during the assembly:

  1. Member’s Monthly Dues.

Members are obliged to pay promptly their monthly due contribution to the association’s collector or treasurer. The monthly due of P60.00 is expressly stipulated in the approved by-laws. The monthly due will fund the operational expenditures of the organization including expenses for light, garbage collection, maintenance and security.

Initially the monthly dues will finance the administrative cost of the organization, the garbage collection and street lights.

It was explained that the expected monthly due collectible per month is barely enough to provide for the fixed expenditures of the association.

  1. Garbage Collection.

Garbage collection at present is being serviced by the Local Government Unit of Opol but the services will only last for two (2) months according to Mayor Dexter Yasay.

The association will then be responsible for the collection of the members’ garbage on a weekly basis. Thus, members who didn’t pay their monthly dues will be denied of the garbage collection services.

Collection of garbage will be done on a house-to-house scheme unlike the present method adopted by LGU-Opol.

  1. Astray Animals

The subdivision has a problem of astray animals ranging from domesticated pets like dog and cats to farm animal like cow, goat and chicken.

The Deed of Restriction every house buyers had signed restricts astray animals or pets within the subdivision. Homeowners are also barred from raising farm animals within the subdivision.

  1. Vehicle Gate Pass/Stickers

All vehicles used for public transportation will have to secure a gate pass/sticker bearing the three logos of the three homeowners’ associations. Owners of private vehicles i.e. motorcycle, tricycle, car, and the like are enjoined to get a gate pass/sticker from PICHOA-2.

  1. Street Lights

PICHOA-2 will now be obligated to pay for the street lights and provide electric bulb for busted lights within Phase 2. Each phase of the subdivision will now have its own electric meter. Continue reading

PICHOA-2 Appoints a Collector


Pag-ibig Citihome Phase 2 Homeowners’ Association (PICHOA-2) engages the services of collector for its drive to collect monthly membership dues as stated in the association’s By-Laws.

The move is in support of the previous Board Resolution condoning the collection of previous years’ monthly dues collectibles from its membership. PICHOA-2 will collect all outstanding monthly dues starting January 2012 from members.

For those housing units taken out only this year, 2012, monthly dues will start on the preceding month the unit is actually taken out.

The Collector

Director David Lozano had accepted the Board’s call for him to be ascribed collector of the association. He will received a meager amount of honorarium worth P1,000.00 per month. The association’s elected directors and appointed officers do not have an honorarium. Works of these officers are on a pro-bono basis.

Though Director Lozano is assigned as the official collector, payment of monthly dues and membership fee can still be made at the treasurer’s residence located at Block 4 Lot 2.

Director Lozano will be roving and conduct house-to-house collection.

The association through its By-Laws is authorized to hire a collector or association’s officers. These officers may not be part of the Board and will be properly compensated.

Currently, PICHOA-2 is financial constrained to hire a regular collector.

Issuance of Official Receipt

Director Lozano is authorized to issue an Official Receipt for all payments received from members. Members are obliged to ask for the association Official Receipt.

Financial Reports

The challenge now for PICHOA-2 is to provide a regular report on the financial condition of the association to the members. The responsibility to provide members with financial information is inherent to the any association drive to collect money from its members.

PICHOA-2 shall submit an updated monthly collection report preferably stating also the amount of monthly dues and membership fee outstanding collectibles from the members.

A report on the Financial Condition (Balance Sheet) and Statement of Operation (Income Statement) shall be submitted to the members, the most, on a quarterly basis.

These financial reports can be posted on designated bulletin board and on-line/web-based avenues for facile access of the members.

Monthly Dues and Membership Fee

PICHOA-2 By-Laws provides for monthly dues collectible from members amounting to P60.00 per month. The monthly dues will be utilized by the association for its operation.

While it also provides for a one-time membership fee of P500.00 imposable to all homeowners under its turf. The membership fee serves as the seed capital of the association and can be used for well-meaning projects or programs of the association i.e. purchase of emergency equipment, emergency operation, and the like.

Deadline of payment of the monthly dues is on the 5th day of the succeeding month.

The Subdivision Developer’s

Unfortunately, the subdivision developer, Johndorf Ventures Corporation (JVC), notwithstanding the existence of the duly organized association collected the membership fee and monthly dues from homeowners during the take-out of housing units.

Today, JVC has only remitted portion of the membership fee collected to the association. It has not remitted a single centavo of the collected monthly dues. It still collects these fees from home-takers.

The developer very well knew that homeowners’ association exist for they have been summoned by the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) – Region 10 for complaints filed by the three homeowners’ associations of Pag-ibig Citihomes Subdivision.

The developer is still to provide an updated list of housing units buyers. They have only provided the association the list, as of October 31, 2011, in March 2012.

The inability of the developer to provide an updated list as of the end of a particular month keeps both homeowners and officers wondering and forming conjectures for they have an automated or computerized database.

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Citihomes Stinks


CITIHOMES, a subdivision located in Bario Malanang in the Municipality of Opol, Misamis Oriental, smells of rot for almost a month now. Homeowners’ garbage remains uncollected. Domestic animals feast on plastic or sacks of rotting house wastes and foul smelling baby diapers pinned on perimeter fences.

Citihomes is believed to be the biggest subdivision in Region 10 once completed.

Arrogant Developer

The project developer, Johndorf Ventures Corporation (JVC), without due notice to the concerned homeowners’ associations (HOAs) stopped the garbage collection services.

JVC regularly collects the garbage every Thursday or Friday up until a month ago.

Surprised Homeowners

The move of the developer surprised homeowners when JVC did not collect garbage for two straight weeks. The garbage truck usually misses collection for one week only.

The garbage problem left homeowners and HOAs officers guessing on JVC’s intention since it happened right after JVC’s interest to return the membership fees of HOAs.

Project Engineer Etol has no concrete answer to the reason for the service stoppage but instead refers complaining homeowners to their respective HOA’s Board.

Partial Remittance of Membership Fee to HOAs

JVC has signified to remit the membership fees to the HOAs.

Check issued by JVC representing membership fees due to respective HOAs represents only partial amount of the total collectibles of HOAs from the developer.

JVC is still has to furnish HOAs the MASTER LIST of homeowners who have taken out their respective housing units.

HOAs Collectibles from the Developer

Each HOA has pending collectibles from the developer. Collectibles include those fees collected by JVC, in the guise of HOA, from homeowners during the take-out of their housing units. These fees are the monthly dues and membership fees.

Subdivision developers are prohibited from collecting any fees from the homeowners or buyers of condominium or subdivision to finance common comfort.

Section 27 of Presidential Decree 957 provides: Other Charges. No owner or developer shall levy upon any lot or buyer a fee for an alleged community benefit. Fees to finance services for common comfort, security and sanitation may be collected only by a properly organized homeowners association and only with the consent of a majority of the lot or unit buyers actually residing in the subdivision or condominium project.

HLURB issues an Order for Termination of Conciliatory Proceedings


The Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HLURB) – Region 10 has issued an order terminating the conciliatory proceedings between the developer, Johndorf Ventures Corporation (JVC), and the three homeowners’ associations of Pag-ibig Citihomes Subdivision on April 11, 2012.

The order doesn’t prevent homeowners’ associations from filing a formal complaint against the JVC. Meaning the associations can hire lawyers to file a case against JVC.

Pag-ibig Citihomes Subdivision is a large housing development project of JVC comprising almost 5,000 single-detached housing units located in Malanang, Opol, Misamis Oriental.

The conciliatory conferences stemmed from the complaint lodged by the homeowners’ associations at HLURB in late January of this year.

JVC, the developer, failed to remit the membership fees and monthly dues they collected in behalf of the associations. JVC also send notices to the homeowners’ associations that expenses on the maintenance of the subdivision i.e. security guards, electricity, grass cutting, garbage collection were deducted from the collected fees without the knowledge and approval of the associations.

JVC still collects membership fees and monthly dues from homeowners even the homeowners associations were already organized and duly registered with HLURB since 2010.

HLURB ordered the termination of the conciliatory proceedings between developer, Johndorf Ventures Corporation and the Homeowners’ Associations of Pag-ibig Citihomes Subdivision in Malanang, Opol, Misamis Oriental.

VP Binay Awards House and Lot to Sendong Victim


VP Binay awards House & Lot to Reynaldo and Maricel Evangelio, winner of Pag-Ibig Fund Raffle Draw last Feb 14, 2012. (Photo by Michael Andrew W. U of Sunstar Cagayan de Oro)

Vice President Jejomar C. Binay, together with Pag-IBIG Fund CEO Atty. Darlene Marie B. Berberabe, spearheaded the turnover and awarding of the house and lot package to Reynaldo and Maricel Evangelio at Pag-ibig Citihomes Subdivision, located at Malanang, Opol, Misamis Oriental on March 4, 2012.

The Evangelios won the grand prize in the raffle that was conducted during the implementation of the Pag-IBIG Fund’s “I Do, I Do. Araw ng Pag-IBIG Kasalang Bayan Program that was held simultaneously at SM Malls around the country last Feb 14, 2012.

The grand prize is a 32-square meter house and a 90-square meter lot. The house and lot is located at Phase 3 of the subdivision.

The program is a nation-wide mass wedding program started by Pag-IBIG Fund this year.

The Evangelios are residents of Barangay 13, Isla de Oro, Cagayan de Oro City, whose house was totally destroyed by typhoon Sendong. Five of their immediate family members died during the tragedy. They are presently staying in the Tent City, one of the evacuation centers located in Calaanan, Cagayan de Oro City.

2011 Flood (Definitely NOT during Sendong)


There was flood at Pag-ibig Citihomes Subdivision in 2011, but definitely not caused by Tropical Storm Sendong. The October 2011 flood only affected Phase 2. The two other phases were spared.

The incessant downpour from early evening to the wee hours of the following morning led to the flooding in Phase 2. Flood water from the surrounding hills of the subdivision, passed through Phase 1 and Phase 3, made the Phase 2 the catch basin of rainwater.

The heavy downpour resulted to swelling of the Bunkalalan River, which runs beside Phases 2 and 3. The river is usually almost dry during regular days. You can even walked across it. The swelling of the river aggravated the situation since rainwater could no longer be dumped to the river.

Extent of Flood

The floodwater started to rise at around 5:00 o’clock in the morning. Fortunately, flood water didn’t seep into the houses but it rendered almost all roads in Phase 2 impassable. There was no reported backflow in houses’ comfort rooms; the usual case in flood incident.

The River Rechanneling System

The river rechanneling system which was implemented after the November 2009 flood incident works during the flood. It had helped ease the water in the swelling Bunkalalan River; without it, tons of excess water from the river would have seeped through the subdivision.

The Video

Below is an amateur video of the October 2011 flood incident showing the swelling of Bunkalalan River and some shots of the flooded road of Phase 2. The working river rechanneling system is the one you will see nearest the bank. This is always dry during regular days. The outer channel is the Bukalalan River channel.

 

2009 Flood in Citihomes


Everyone needs to know this bit of information. Pag-ibig Citihomes Subdivision was submerged in floodwater in the last week of November in 2009.

Phase 2 was greatly affected by the deluge. Reasons that Phase 2 Homeowners then initiated the organization and registration of the association.

Phase 3 was under construction during the deluge.

The first problem or issue the interim association raised to the developer, Johndorf Ventures Corporation (JVC), was the flood problem.

This move prompted JVC to initially construct a re-channeling of the Bunkakalan River. The river travers along the side of Phases 2 and 3 on the northeast.

Today, the issue is still unresolved and homeowners are worried that another flood will hit the subdivision.

It is a continuing clamor of the homeowners that JVC must provide efficient drainage and flood control systems in the subdivision. The Homeowners Associations are vigilant and continually knocking the doors of the developer for the implementation of the flood control system.

Below are some clips showing what happened in that fateful day of November 2009.

The Water Situation in Citihomes


Malanang, Opol (Misamis Oriental) – Homeowners of Pag-ibig Citihomes Subdivision of this town are either hitting the bed late or waking up too early to keep up with the terrible schedule of water supply in the subdivision.

Today, water service is only available from late evening to early dawn. The new water schedule was only implemented after Tropical Storm Sendong devastated Northern Mindanao in mid-December last year.

The subdivision used to enjoy a better schedule before Tropical Storm Sendong. Water availability was from 10 AM up to 5 AM the following morning.

Water service is provided by Cagayan de Oro City Water District (COWD). COWD claims that all their production areas are already fully operational.

COWD is imposing a price hike. Minimum water consumption is now at P210.00 fromP168.00. Unfortunately, the increase in price is not coupled with better service; water service to the subdivision is so terrible today.