Over 20 structures in Barangay 16, Bacolod City, were removed during clearing operations conducted by the Department of Public Works and Highways and the City Legal Enforcement Unit Friday as ordered by the Office of the President.
Acting Bacolod Mayor El Cid Familiaran yesterday said he received a call from Assistant Secretary Jennifer Joy Ong of the Office of the President Thursday ordering the clearing of illegal structures in Brgy. 16, within 28 hours.
Familiaran said he then called a meeting with the CLO-EU, DPWH, City Engineer’s Office, Bacolod Traffic Authority Office and barangay officials of Brgy. 16 to explain the order of the President.
President Rodrigo Duterte visited the barangay after attending the birthday of Leo Rey Yanson, chief executive officer of Vallacar Transit, at L' Fisher Hotel in Bacolod, earlier this month.
Familiaran said the barangay captain of Brgy. 16 has cleared an area in the barangay to be used as a parking space for trisikads.
There were instances when fire trucks of the Bureau of Fire Protection could enter the place during emergency cases because of obstructions. But the roads are now cleared of trisikads and extensions of some houses like sari-sari stores and coffee shops, he said.
Familiaran said there are also nine illegal structures near the BFP extension that have not been demolished since the owners are still asking for legal documents from the demolition team claiming that they are occupying a private property.
He said the CEO is surveying the area being claimed by the residents as private property. But they have noticed that their structures are occupying the roads.
City Legal Officer Joselito Bayatan said they will first help those who have voluntarily demolished their structures, which are obstructing the roads, before attending to the complaints of other residents.*
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