The first Sama-sama sa HOA or Homeowners Associations was conducted for the Southeastern coast composed of the provinces of Negros Oriental, Siquijor and Bohol dubbed as “ Sama-sama sa HOA TRIAD, Role of HOA to Eradicate Graft and Corruption and Briefing on the Importance of Gender and Development among Registered Homeowners Associations” last May 22, 2015 at Plaza Maria Luisa, Dumaguete City.
The event was a collaboration of Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board Central Visayas Region, the office of the Deputy Ombudsman for the Visayas and the Civil Service Commission.
It was attended by 23 registered HOAs or 220 homeowners from all three (3) provinces.
The participants received a message from HLURB’s Chief Executive Officer Antonio M. Bernardo, who arrived with the supervising commissioner for Central Visayas Ria Corazon Golez-Cabrera, supervising commissioner for HOA Luis Paredes and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) secretary general Celia Alba.
Dir. Philip Camiguing of the Office of the Ombudsman Region VI talked about graft and corruption and how it can be eradicated through the participation of HOAs.
Dir. Camiguing emphasized that Graft and Corruption in public offices can only proliferate, if the citizens remain passive or tolerant to this unscrupulous activity.
He also appreciated HLURB for organizing such information awareness to the public. Aside from Dir. Camiguing, Dir. Merlinda Quillano of the Civil Service Commission Dumaguete City also spoke about Gender and Development raising higher awareness on Gender Equality and development.
Before the activity was concluded participants were graced by nonetheless H.E. Jejomar Binay who gave the closing message, however, rather than just giving a message the Vice President had also
addressed some of the HOAs concerns including the problem on land which is already foreclosed by the PNB.
VP Binay promised the HOA to negotiate with PNB for the property to be sold to the HOA who lived in the said property.
Other problems such as the resettlements in Negros Oriental were also addressed by VP Binay saying that He would personally look into the issue, so to fast track the projects whom he had specifically identified.
Furthermore, Regional Director Alixes Roy Lopez of HLURB Central Visayas who spare- headed the activity with HOA cluster coordinator Jenniveve Publico was very thankful for the success of the
event not just in numbers but more on with how the public responded with the information disseminated to them and how they commit to be involved in eradication graft and corruption.
“This is just one way to inform the public of how we (HLURB) are so serious in the issue of graft and corruption and how important the role of the HOA to materialize this endeavor…this is like elevating their roles from being a mere member of their respective HOAs” Dir. Lopez said.
Lastly, Dir. Lopez was also thankful to the support provided by the office of the Ombudsman and the Civil Service Commission along with all HLURB Commissioners and mostly the vice president.