DHSUD issues over 200 notices to illegal subdivision projects in Davao

A DEPARTMENT of Human Settlement and Urban Development (DHSUD) official said there has been an increasing number of illegal residential subdivision projects in Davao Region with more than 200 violation notices issued this year.

DHSUD Regional Director Roberto T. Palma Gil said they have served 225 Notices of Alleged Violation (NOAVs), with the highest in Davao City at 89.

The others were in Davao de Oro, 42; Island Garden City of Samal, 38; Davao del Norte, 38; Davao Oriental, 12; and Davao del Sur, six.

“I noticed there was a sudden increase in illegal subdivision projects in Region 11,” Mr. Palma Gil said in mixed English and Filipino during Friday’s 8th General Membership Meeting of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc.

He said they are working on filing cases against the developers. He noted that many of them are selling lots within a supposed future subdivision, but “they are just selling and they are not developing.”

He reminded prospective buyers that a legal subdivision project should be on a titled parcel of land, partitioned with or without improvements, and sellers should be able to present a government-approved plan and corresponding certificated and permits.

“If there is no subdivision plan and development plan approved by the local government unit, and no certificate of registration from the DHSUD, that would be an illegal subdivision,” he said. — Maya M. Padillo

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