DPWH, CLO de­mol­ish illegal struc­tures along BEH

Sun Star Bacolod - - Front Page - BY MERLINDA A. PE­DROSA

ABOUT 15 illegal struc­tures or shanties along Ba­colod Eco­nomic High­way (BEH) in Barangay Sum-ag, Ba­colod City were re­moved dur­ing the clear­ing op­er­a­tions con­ducted by the Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works and Highways (DPWH) and the City Le­gal Of­fice (CLO)- En­force­ment team yesterday.

Dis­trict En­gi­neer Abra­ham Vil­lareal said they ear­lier asked the as­sis­tance of the City Gov­ern­ment to de­mol­ish the illegal struc­tures in­clud­ing the tri­cy­cle ter­mi­nal at BEH.

“It’s a joint op­er­a­tion of the DWPH and the City Gov­ern­ment to re­move the illegal struc­tures in the area,” he said.

Last month, Vil­lareal sent a let­ter to Mayor Eve­lio Leonar­dia re­quest­ing the CLO to re­move the illegal struc­tures be­side the BEH.

Vil­lareal said there was no re­sis­tance from the own­ers of the illegal struc­tures.

The illegal struc­tures were made of light ma­te­ri­als.

Vil­lareal said he was in­formed that uniden­ti­fied man was of­fer­ing the space at BEH for rent.

“We will con­duct an in­ves­ti­ga­tion on these be­cause they are us­ing the area il­le­gally,” he said.

Vil­lareal noted that he will as­sign his per­son­nel in BEH Phase 1 to en­sure that there will be no illegal struc­tures in the area.

The DPWH has started the con­struc­tion of the three-kilo­me­ter por­tion of the BEH Phase 1 in Barangay Sum-ag worth P300 mil­lion in 2017.

This is part of the 21kilo­me­ter eco­nomic high­way with the to­tal cost of P4.8 bil­lion.

The 21-kilo­me­ter BEH will cover ar­eas across Barangays Sum-ag, Cabug, Felisa, Han­du­manan, Man­silin­gan, Este­fa­nia, Granada, Man­dala­gan, and Bata.

Vil­lareal said the Su­mag BEH is al­ready pass­able for the pri­vate ve­hi­cle go­ing Barangay Cabug.*

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