Rent moratorium for Disiplina Village residents, extended anew
CALOOCAN CITY, May 19 (PIA() — With the entire National Capital Region placed under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) until the end of May, Valenzuela City approves the additional 30-day extension period for the payment of rent of the residents of Disiplina Village Bignay and Disiplina Village Ugong, as mandated by Ordinance No. 694, Series of 2020, May 11, 2020.
The moratorium seeks to cushion the blow of unemployment and loss of economic sources as a result of the prolonged Luzon-wide lockdown for Disiplina Village residents.
Ordinance No. 694, Series of 2020, which also goes by the title “Extended Rental Payment Moratorium Ordinance for Disiplina Village Residents”, gives the tenants of Disiplina Village Bignay and Disiplina Village Ugong a total of 150-day respite from paying their rent from March 17 until August 14, 2020.
On April 13, the City Council passed Ordinance No. 691, Series 2020, which initially provided a 120-day grace period (from March 17 to July 15, 2020) for the payment of rental obligations of the two in-city resettlement sites.
As prescribed before, the total rental fee accrued during the 150-day rent suspension period shall then be equally divided into and paid in the next four (4) months following the end of the moratorium season. The amortized amount shall be added to the rental fee due in the subsequent months sans interest, penalties, fees, and other charges.
As the rent freeze does not cover the utility bills, residents will still have to settle their water, electricity, Internet, and other bills during this time. Should the national government further stretch the State of Public Health Emergency, Mayor REX Gatchalian also has the authority to extend the rental moratorium.
Ordinance No. 694, Series of 2020, was enacted by the 8th City Council of Valenzuela during their 37th Regular Session on May 11, 2020. The Ordinance was authored by Coun. Rovin Andrew M. Feliciano. (Valenzuela PIO/PIA-NCR)