NLTC snubs meet­ing with vil­lage chief over ten­nis court de­mo­li­tion

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Barangay Nazareth vil­lage chair­man Max­imo “Jun­jun” Ro­driguez III yes­ter­day said the Nazareth Lawn Ten­nis Club (NLTC) snubbed his in­vi­ta­tions for a di­a­logue about the barangay’s plan to de­mol­ish the ten­nis courts to build a new barangay hall.

Ro­driguez said he had sent in­vi­ta­tions to the di­rec­tors four times, but to no avail.

Ro­driguez ex­plained that the P15 mil­lion four­storey barangay hall will only oc­cupy 2 of the 3 ten­nis courts in the area. He dis­closed that over the years, the ten­nis court has been “il­le­gally oc­cu­py­ing”

about 3,000 square me­ters of the to­tal 7,500 square me­ter to­tal area, which is part of the barangay plaza.

“I say il­le­gal be­cause they are oc­cu­py­ing it with­out a barangay per­mit,” Ro­driguez said, adding that the barangay coun­cil has unan­i­mously de­cided and al­ready passed a res­o­lu­tion to pro­ceed with the con­struc­tion of the barangay hall.

Ro­driguez said he un­der­stands that the ten­nis courts pro­duced the best ten­nis play­ers, but pointed out that there have been no cham­pi­ons recorded lately.

“Since Kap­i­tana Be­bot’s time, th­ese di­rec­tors, who are not from barangay Nazareth, were not co­op­er­at­ing dur­ing her stint as vil­lage chair,” he added.

Ro­driguez said the 4-storey barangay hall will house a day­care cen­ter and a vi­o­lence against women and chil­dren of­fice.

“My of­fice is open ev­ery­day and I still look for­ward to talk to them. I as­sure all of you that what we are do­ing is only for the bet­ter­ment of our barangay Nazareth,” he added.

The NLTC is tagged as the home of finest ten­nis play­ers in the Philip­pines and still con­tinue to pro­duce top play­ers as var­si­ties to dif­fer­ent uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges both in Manila and abroad. And NLTC mem­bers are wor­ried that the ten­nis court will be de­mol­ished soon with the barangay’s plan to build the barangay hall in the area.

Tibs Palasan, a mem­ber of the NLTC mean­while said the barangay has no right to de­mol­ish the courts. He noted that, the 7,000 square me­ter area was do­nated by the own­ers of San Isidro Vil­lage Sub­di­vi­sion for the ex­clu­sive use as open space and play­ground. He said that the barangay al­ready vi­o­lated the law when it con­structed sev­eral build­ings on the open spa­ces and play­ground which are not in­tended for recre­ational pur­poses.

“My own re­search in­di­cates that the open space and play­ground was do­nated by the sub­di­vi­sion de­vel­oper to the City of Ca­gayan de Oro. The tax dec­la­ra­tions and his­tor­i­cal own­er­ship doc­u­ments would prove that. There­fore, if there is any en­tity that can de­mol­ish the ten­nis courts, it is only the City Gov­ern­ment of Ca­gayan de Oro can do that,” he added.

Palasan said they are ready to va­cate the area only if the lo­cal gov­ern­ment of Ca­gayan de Oro City will tell them to do so. How­ever, he added, “con­sid­er­ing that the NLTC spent for the con­struc­tion of the ten­nis courts, then the Civil Code of the Philip­pines pro­vides that the builders in good faith must be re­im­bursed for the ex­penses. “

“Barangay Nazareth, grant­ing it se­cures an authority from the City Gov­ern­ment, can­not just de­mol­ish the ten­nis courts with­out re­im­burs­ing the ten­nis club. That would be a vi­o­la­tion of the pe­nal laws,” he added. PJ Orias

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