Bibak lot re­hab to start

Sun.Star Baguio - - TOP STORIES - Maria Elena Cata­jan Sun•Star Re­porter

A MAS­TER de­vel­op­ment plan for the space at the Benguet-Ifu­gao-Bon­toc-Apayao-Kalinga (Bibak) prop­erty along Har­ri­son road is needed be­fore il­le­gal set­tlers de­cide to come back.

Mayor Mauri­cio Do­mo­gan said the fenc­ing of the re­claimed com­pound will swiftly be­gin as the tech­ni­cal work­ing group con­venes to craft the plan.

The city will be work­ing with the Na­tional Com­mis­sion for Indige­nous Peo­ples as well as the De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources for the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the com­pound with pooled fund­ing from the three en­ti­ties.

Do­mo­gan said an as­sess­ment will be done for the build­ing set up in the com­pound if it could be re­ha­bil­i­tated or brought down to make space for planned struc­tures for the area.

The mayor said plan­ning and work for the BIBAK com­pound will be fast to avoid an­other in­va­sion of il­le­gal set­tlers to avoid eject­ment prob­lems by the gov­ern­ment.

The de­mo­li­tion of struc­tures be­came a re­al­ity last month af­ter a le­gal bat­tle be­tween oc­cu­pats and the gov­ern­ment de­spite the courts junk­ing a mo­tion for re­con­sid­er­a­tion of 50 oc­cu­pants who in­sist they had a right over the gov­ern­ment owned lot.

BIBAK com­pound mea­sures 5000 square meters, and is un­der the Ti­tle OCT No.1 owned by the gov­ern­ment since the 1960's.

The BIBAK build­ing used to house the Cordillera Re­gional Assem­bly is be­ing eyed for cul­tural pur­poses. In pre­vi­ous years, the BIBAK area was used by the il­le­gal set­tlers, per­sons were re­ported to have two houses, while oth­ers set their houses for rent while some had their spa­ces ex­tended.

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