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Illegal beachfront lot sellers warned anew by housing department

DAVAO CITY (PIA) -- The regional office of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) is warning those individuals and firms selling beachfront lots to stop their activities as the Department will be going after them.

“Naa pa gihapon sa Facebook, this is a warning ayaw hulata na muadto mi didto (They are still on Facebook, this is a warning do not wait that we will be going there),” DHSUD-XI Regional Director lawyer Miguel Palma Gil warned sellers of beachfront lots during his recent guesting at Kapehan sa Dabaw held at SM City Davao.

He said the illegal sale of lots is being done in Mati City, Sta Fe Caraga and in Lupon in Davao Oriental.

Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development-XI (DHSUD-XI) Regional Director Atty. Miguel Palma Gil

Palma Gil said these firms would advertise lots with beachfront or beach access on social media, adding that they have already issued cease-and-desist orders to several firms such as 9-Star Realty, JMW Realty.

He said many individuals, particularly overseas Filipino workers are being enticed to buy these properties because of the beautiful beach, only to find that the property has no proper access, no utilities such as power and water, no access to main roads and the development is not approved by the local government unit.

“Daghan na nabiktima (there are many who have been victimized),” Palma Gil said, warning buyers to be very careful in dealing with these sellers as some firms have disappeared after getting payments from their victims.

“Ang 9-Star dili na makit-an, wala nay office pero nagadawat ug payments (The 9-Star can no longer be found, they no longer have an office but they are still accepting payments),” Palma Gil said.

The regional director said they are constantly monitoring these beachfront selling activities on Facebook and are coordinating with the various local governments in the region.

He said the local government of Mati is going after these beachfront sellers and the municipality of Maco is coordinating with DHSUD in stopping these illegal activities. (RGA/PIA Davao)

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