The Bacolod City Legal Office clearing operations in Barangay 16, Bacolod City, is ongoing with 100 structures identified for demolition.
Some of the structures found occupying a portion of the roads were demolished by personnel of the CLO-Enforcement Team. The team will also demolish those obstructing the drainage system in the barangay.
Barangay officials have given owners of illegal structures until the end of the month to remove them. Some have voluntarily started to remove their structures.
Earlier, about 20 structures in Barangay 16 were removed by the Department of Public Works and Highways and the CLO as ordered by the Office of the President.
President Rodrigo Duterte visited the barangay after attending the birthday of a prominent businessman in Bacolod last month.
Bacolod City Administrator John Orola said the mayor has also ordered the clearing of illegal structures in streets and river banks and this has been continually ongoing since the start of the year.
However, Orola said the removal of illegal structures cannot be done overnight because there is a process to be observed.
He said those who have been issued legal notices will be given sufficient time to prepare, especially in removing illegal structures found on the roadside and along danger zones in violation of national laws that prohibit the illegal use of the roads as extension of businesses and structures, as well as parking areas.
Orola said the Bacolod Housing Authority is preparing the relocation site where informal settlers will be transferred.
They have also conducted clearing operations in Barangay16 and the Libertad Market. The clearing of Burgos Market and Central Market will follow, he added.*
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