Con­struc­tion of new hall for Brgy 18 sought

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THE vil­lage chief of Barangay 18 in Ba­colod City has asked the as­sis­tance of Ba­colod Lone Dis­trict Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Greg Gasa­taya for the con­struc­tion of their new barangay hall.

Vil­lage chief Madeline Diaz of Barangay 8 said that Gasa­taya al­ready as­sured her that he’s will­ing to fund for the con­struc­tion of their barangay hall, but they need to find a lot for the new build­ing.

She said their barangay hall, which made of meat van, was oc­cu­py­ing a por­tion of a road. They were obliged to move it in com­pli­ance with the di­rec­tive of Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte to rid pub­lic streets of ob­struc­tions to fa­cil­i­tate the or­derly use of thor­ough­fares.

On Au­gust 1, Mayor Eve­lio Leonar­dia held a meet­ing with the barangay of­fi­cials for the com­pli­ance of the di­rec­tive of Pres­i­dent Duterte at the Ba­colod Gov­ern­ment Cen­ter.

“Af­ter our meet­ing, we started the de­mo­li­tion of il­le­gal struc­tures in our barangay in­clud­ing my saris­ari store that was oc­cu­py­ing a por­tion of a road. I also held a meet­ing with my con­stituents to vol­un­tar­ily de­mol­ish their il­le­gal struc­tures,’ Diaz said.

She said they al­ready iden­ti­fied a new lot for the con­struc­tion of their new barangay hall that will start in Jan­uary next year.

“We’re thank­ful to Con­gress­man Gasa­taya for help­ing us to build a new barangay hall,’ she added.

Mayor Eve­lio Leonar­dia ear­lier said the city gov­ern­ment will also find a way to help the barangays whose barangay halls were de­mol­ished in com­pli­ance with the di­rec­tive of Pres­i­dent Duterte.

Leonar­dia said they will as­sess the sit­u­a­tion on how they could help the barangays such as Barangays 8 and 28.

He said they will check if they can find a city gov­ern­ment owned lot for the con­struc­tion of the barangay hall of the af­fected barangays.

“We will find a way, if there’s some­one there who wants to do­nate a lot for the barangay, we also wel­come it. In spite of the de­mo­li­tion, our barangay of­fi­cials can still func­tion with their works, we will deal on this mat­ter on a case- to- case ba­sis,” he added.

The de­mo­li­tion of the il­le­gal struc­tures is in pur­suant to Me­moran­dum Cir­cu­lar No. 2019-121 dated July 29, 2019 of the Depart­ment of the In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment (DILG) di­rect­ing the lo­cal gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, from the mayor s down to barangay cap­tains , to im­ple­ment the clear­ing of roads.

In DILG Me­moran­dum Cir­cu­lar No. 2019-121 it stated that within 60 cal­en­dar days, sig­nif­i­cant re­sults must be achieved, doc­u­mented, and re­ported to­gether with the ef­forts of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment units to sus­tain the same./map

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