Sun.Star Cebu

CCPO’s plan to construct new station opposed

- SCG

The Barangay Council of Inayawan, Cebu City will revoke the donation of a property to the Philippine National Police (PNP) where the new building of the Pardo Police Station is supposed to be built.

However, Cebu City Police Office Director Royina Garma says they intend to continue with the P5-million project and challenged the barangay officials to sue them.

Inayawan Barangay Captain Kirk Bryan Repollo, an ally of Mayor Tomas Osmeña, said the property was donated to the police in February 2017 during the time of former village chief Lutherlee “Lotlot Ignacio-Soon since the property was idle.

However, Repollo said they are presently using the lot, which is located across the barangay hall, as a parking area for the barangays vehicles such as garbage trucks, Kaohsiung bus, coaster and mini bus, among others.

During the previous administra­tion, Repollo said the barangay vehicles were parked in the warehouse or in the cockpit arena owned by Soon.

According to Repollo, the barangay council passed a resolution for the donation of the property but did not include an authorizat­ion yet for Soon to sign the deed of donation.

The 500-square-meter lot, he said, previously houses a market.

“Gi-demolish gani to para to ease the traffic atbang sa merkado, para moluag ang traffic, unya karon ila na hinuon patukoran og building,” Repollo told Superbalit­a Cebu.

If the building constructi­on pushes through, the village chief said it will be affected by a road widening project that will be undertaken in the area.

Garma, however, said Repollo should not worry about it.

“Why is he so worried of the road widening na before nabigay ang budget ng PNP wala namang issue on road widening. Po-problemahi­n na lang namin yan after,” she said.

Garma said they already complied with all necessary requiremen­ts for the constructi­on of the new police station. They are also almost finished with the processing of the lot’s title.

“Itutuloy pa rin namin ang constructi­on. Kung kukwestyon­in, di they will go to court kasi may hawak na na donation ang PNP,” she said.

Repollo suggested, though, that CCPO constructs the building in the area where the barangay’s playground is, which is located beside the barangay hall.

CCPO, he said, can also develop the substation that is connected to the barangay hall since it is not presently being used. /

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