Of­fi­cials told to be vig­i­lant against squat­ting

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THE SUM­MER Cap­i­tal’s barangay of­fi­cials are be­ing re­quested to be mind­ful of sec­tion 22 (D) of or­di­nance num­ber 18, se­ries of 2016, or the En­vi­ron­ment Code of Baguio which pro­vides that, “Any barangay of­fi­cial who tol­er­ates or fails to re­port squat­ting and/or il­le­gal con­struc­tion ac­tiv­i­ties within safe­guarded lands in their ju­ris­dic­tion shall be li­able un­der this Code.”

This is stated in the City Coun­cil res­o­lu­tion num­ber 395, se­ries of 2018, au­thored by coun­cilor Elaine Sem­brano and signed by Mayor Mauri­cio Do­mo­gan.

The ap­proved mea­sure cites sec­tion 16 of the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Code of 1991 which pro­vides that lo­cal gov­ern­ment units shall main­tain peace and or­der and pre­serve the com­fort and con­ve­nience of their in­hab­i­tants.

“The punong barangay and barangay coun­cil mem­bers, as per­sons in author­ity, are pri­mar­ily re­spon­si­ble in the main­te­nance of peace and or­der, and in pro­tect­ing the in­ter­est of the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor,” it states.

The res­o­lu­tion stressed barangay of­fi­cials must lead a se­ri­ous drive in the elim­i­na­tion of the con­struc­tion of il­le­gal struc­tures as these are in clear vi­o­la­tion of the Na­tional Build­ing Code and other per­ti­nent laws.

It re­veals that in highly-ur­ban­ized cities such as Baguio, there is an an­nual growth in the num­ber of in­for­mal set­tlers due to the mi­gra­tion of peo­ple seek­ing bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion, in­come and em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“The con­tin­u­ous con­struc­tion of il­le­gal struc­tures in the dif­fer­ent barangays of the city may con­tinue to pro­lif­er­ate to the great prej­u­dice, dam­age, and dis­ad­van­tage of the landown­ers and le­giti-

mate barangay in­hab­i­tants,” the mea­sure claims.

It al­leges there are dis­hon­est per­sons who for profit or gain and tak­ing ad­van­tage of the ab­sence of the landowner, con­struct il­le­gal struc­tures will­fully and de­lib­er­ately in any va­cant lot within the barangay to lease or sell to in­no­cent per­sons ei­ther for dwelling or busi­ness pur­poses.

“As a con­se­quence thereof, the reg­is­tered landowner of the il­le­gally oc­cu­pied prop­erty is de­prived of his or her right to peace­fully uti­lize, possess and en­joy the same,” the mea­sure states.

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