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.

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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.