Solon wants probe on sale of Kidney Center property

Posted at 12/25/12 10:47 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Bohol 2nd District Rep. Erico Aumentado is urging Congress to investigate the alleged plan of the National Housing Authority (NHA) to sell 16,334 square meters of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) to SM Development Corporation.

Aumentado filed House Resolution 2930 calling on the House Committee on Government Enterprises and Privatization to conduct a probe on the alleged sale, which he said could jeopardize the operations of NKTI.

In a press statement, the congressman said NKTI has been the leading kidney and transplant institute in the country "and its property holding will be diminished by the alleged sale."

NKTI Medical Director Jose Dante Dator earlier said the NHA announced the sale of the 16, 334-square meter property in a newspaper ad in September this year.

Aumentado said one of the properties being sold is the subject of a dispute involving alleged illegal settlers.

"There seems to be bad faith on the part of the NHA because as disclosed by Dator, that until the publication of the Notices of Disposition, the NKTI and the NHA had been negotiating for the transfer of the land from the housing agency to the hospital," he said.

"In fact, Dator said, the two agencies had actually come to a tacit agreement on the mode of payment. He recalled that in a meeting held in mid-2012, they all agreed to negotiate and that the compensation will be in the form of medical services to NHA workers," he added.

Aumentado said the NKTI has been granted usufractuary rights over the lots it occupies now, including parking areas and other appurtenances by Presidential Proclamation No. 2381 given the fact that NKTI is a government owned and controlled corporation attached to the Department of Health (DOH).

"We recognize the need for the establishment of a business hub as envisioned by the Quezon City government and NHA but, such development must be balanced with the requirements of NKTI, the usufractuary of the lot within the government center as promulgated by Presidential Proclamation No. 2381," the congressman said.