No stop­ping BIBAK de­mo­li­tion

Sun.Star Baguio - - TOP STORIES - By Dex­ter A. See

MAYOR Mauri­cio G. Do­mo­gan re­it­er­ated there will be no le­gal im­ped­i­ment in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the de­mo­li­tion or­der for some fifty-eight il­le­gal struc­tures within the 5,000square me­ter BIBAK prop­erty along Har­ri­son road once the fi­nal re­prieve granted to them by the in­ter-agency com­mit­tee will ex­pire on Oc­to­ber 15, 2017.

The city ex­ec­u­tive re­ported mem­bers of the city de­mo­li­tion team and vol­un­teers are ready to im­ple­ment the dis­man­tling of the re­main­ing struc­tures in the area af­ter the lapse of the over two months of ex­ten­sion granted them by the in­ter­a­gency com­mit­tee.

“Some of the in­for­mal set­tlers again came to our of­fice re­cently and re­quested for an­other ex­ten­sion of the re­prieve granted to them that is why we in­formed them that a fi­nal ex­ten­sion will be un­likely. We had been crit­i­cized for the grant of the fi­nal ex­ten­sion of the re­prieve to al­low them to thresh out the is­sues re­lated to their pro­posed re­lo­ca­tion site and we hope they were able to do so,” Do­mo­gan stressed.

The BIBAK prop­erty is un­der the care of the Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent through the Cordillera of­fice of the Na­tional Com­mis­sion on In­dige­nous Peo­ples (NCIP-CAR) af­ter it was va­cated by the Cordillera Re­gional As­sem­bly (CRA) when the Cordillera bod­ies were given a P1 op­er­at­ing bud­get by Congress in 2001.

Do­mo­gan said the de­ci­sion to grant an­other ex­ten­sion to the in­for­mal set­tlers should be unan­i­mous from the mem­bers of the in­ter-agency com­mit­tee com­posed of the re­gional di­rec­tors of the De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources

(DENR), NCIP-CAR and him­self, but on his part, he will no longer al­low any ex­ten­sion be­cause the in­for­mal set­tlers were given all the lee­way to work out the de­tails of their re­lo­ca­tion site through the past sev­eral years.

It can be recalled that the in­ter-agency com­mit­tee gave the in­for­mal set­tlers un­til Oc­to­ber 15, 2017 to vol­un­tar­ily de­mol­ish their il­le­gal struc­tures and to im­me­di­ately stop all their busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties in the area. The re­main­ing il­le­gal struc­tures in the govern­ment prop­erty af­ter the ex­pi­ra­tion of the re­prieve will be de­mol­ished.

Do­mo­gan ex­plained the rea­son why the in­ter-agency com­mit­tee al­lowed the vol­un­tary de­mo­li­tion of the il­le­gal struc­tures by the in­for­mal set­tlers them­selves is to al­low them to sal­vage what­ever ma­te­rial which they could use to re­build their struc­tures in their pro­posed re­lo­ca­tion site.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Pres­i­den­tial Com­mis­sion on the Ur­ban Poor (PCUP) also in­ter­vened in the grant of the fi­nal re­prieve to the in­for­mal set­tlers be­cause they as­sured the mem­bers of the in­ter-agency com­mit­tee that the oc­cu­pants of the il­le­gal struc­tures within the BIBAK prop­erty will leave the area once de­tails of their re­lo­ca­tion site shall have been fi­nal­ized with the lot owner con­sid­er­ing that the pos­si­ble re­lo­ca­tion area iden­ti­fied for them is within the ju­ris­dic­tion of La Trinidad town.

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