Un­der­stand­ing sought in post­poned BIBAK de­mo­li­tion

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BAGUIO City Mayor Mauri­cio Do­mo­gan urged the pub­lic for un­der­stand­ing on the re­set­ting of de­mo­li­tion of the il­le­gal struc­tures over por­tions of the 5,000-square me­ter Benguet-Ifu­gaoBon­toc-ApayaoKalinga (BIBAK) prop­erty along Har­ri­son Road.

The lo­cal chief ex­ec­u­tive ad­mit­ted the re­peated re­set­ting of the sched­uled dis­man­tling of the il­le­gal struc­tures in the area has af­fected his cred­i­bil­ity in the en­force­ment of the de­mo­li­tion or­ders.

How­ever, he pointed out the de­ci­sion to re­set the sched­uled de­mo­li­tion on Au­gust 15 to Oc­to­ber 15 was a col­lec­tive de­ci­sion of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment and of­fi­cials of the Cordillera of­fices of the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources (DENR) and the Na­tional Com­mis­sion on Indige­nous Peo­ples (NCIP) fol­low­ing the per­sis­tent lob­by­ing of the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Pres­i­den­tial Com­mis­sion on Ur­ban Poor (PCUP) who com­mit­ted to the in­ter-agency com­mit­tee that the in­for­mal set­tlers will def­i­nitely leave the prop­erty.

“We ap­peal to the pub­lic to un­der­stand our de­ci­sion to re­set the sched­ule of the de­mo­li­tion of the il­le­gal BIBAK struc­tures be­cause we have to con­sider var­i­ous fac­tors that af­fect the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the is­sued de­mo­li­tion or­der. What is im­por­tant is that we have agreed on the def­i­nite date of the de­mo­li­tion of the il­le­gal struc­tures and it was made clear to the in­for­mal set­tlers that they will vol­un­tar­ily re­move their struc­tures on or be­fore Oc­to­ber 15,”Do­mo­gan stressed.

Af­ter the il­le­gal struc­tures will be dis­man­tled, he pointed out the prop­erty must be fenced and for rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the lo­cal gov­ern­ment and con­cerned gov­ern­ment agen­cies to work out the prepa­ra­tion of the master devel­op­ment plan for the prop­erty to in­clude the put up of the dor­mi­to­ries to cater to the lodg­ing re­quire­ments of poor but de­serv­ing stu­dents from the dif­fer­ent parts of the re­gion who opt to study in the city.

Do­mo­gan added PCUP rep­re­sen­ta­tives as­sured mem­bers of the in­ter-agency com­mit­tee the in­for­mal set­tlers will def­i­nitely leave the prop­erty once the req­ui­sites of their iden­ti­fied re­lo­ca­tion site in La Trinidad town once com­pleted and the prop­erty will be ready to ac­com­mo­date the struc­tures of the in­for­mal set­tlers which will be built in the said area.

He claimed the PCUP rep­re­sen­ta­tives were even re­quest­ing for a longer pe­riod for the in­for­mal set­tlers to stay in the BIBAK prop­erty while ne­go­ti­a­tions with the owner of their re­lo­ca­tion site are be­ing un­der­taken but it was the con­cen­sus of the com­mit­tee to give them only two months con­sid­er­ing that the

de­mo­li­tion had been resched­uled sev­eral times over the past sev­eral years.

Un­der their agree­ment, il­le­gal struc­tures that re­main in the BIBAK prop­erty af­ter the Oc­to­ber 15 dead­line will be dis­man­tled by the mem­bers of the city de­mo­li­tion team while busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties of the in­for­mal set­tlers in the area should im­me­di­ately stop. Dex­ter See/Baguio City PIO

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