Ongoing Saga of our Davao Lot
Continued from the previous article.
When we finally got over there to inspect our lot and find the corner survey pegs, it was time to set out for the house we had planned. The logic of the larger than usual lot came to light when it was decided that it would house three families. Us and two sons and their families.
I engaged a local draftsman, lady, who was known to family to design something for us. We wanted one building incorporating three separate houses so that we would be all together but separate, if you know what I mean. She came up with a plan of three separate house all grouped together facing each other. Not quite what I had in mind.
Eventually I sat down and designed something that would have worked well, one building with our larger house on the front and two smaller houses at the rear all under the one roof. It came to almost 400 square meters.
So we set out the corners of the building for the builder right in the center of the 1000 square meter lot and ran our twine round so he could see where we wanted the house. There were half a dozen banana trees inside that twine line so we chopped them down out of the way. They are remarkably soft and you can fell them with one swish of a bola so we soon had the area cleared.
The next job was to get an attorney started on the title transfer where we hit another snag. The owner of the lot wanted P10,000 compensation for ‘his’ banana trees that we had cut down because he had wanted to harvest them later on. I am afraid I made a serious blunder here and told him, rather loudly, that when you sell a lot the trees on it go to. You can’t sell a lot and retain ownership of the trees and besides, the builder was ready to start work.
The owner has had it in for me ever since. When we went back for another holiday a year later the title had still not been transferred. By this time number one son had passed the bar exam and was a practising attorney. He took over the transfer job but we had to pay the first atorney his full fee to get the file even though he had done nothing.
Number one son took my wife out to the owners house to get the title and discovered that he didn’t have it because, wait for it, he had pawned it. Can you believe it. After he was threatened with all sorts including a jail term he was given seven days to produce it which thankfully he did, still with a small fee of P2,000.
So now the builder can get started but that is a story for next time.