The Bacolod City Legal Enforcement Team conducted clearing operations in Barangay 10 and 12, Bacolod City, yesterday to remove about 30 illegal structures.
The illegal structures were located along the riverbank in Purok Masinadyahon, Brgy. 12.
Faith Joy Lumauag, acting Bacolod Housing Authority head, yesterday said there were 33 families originally given notices by the City Legal Office. However, they found out that there were several families living under one structure and some could not be located while others do not want to be relocated.
So the number was reduced to 30 families. But after a socio economic survey conducted, they found out that only 26 were pre-qualified for application and four were disqualified, she said.
Lumauag said that out of 26 families only 15 applied for relocation.But out of 15, there were two families sharing the same structure. So they are readying to relocate only 14informal settler families to Progreso Relocation Site 2.
She said the processing of their applications might take about three months to complete.
Lumauag said that more than 50 percent of cases in Arao and Abada are being resolved by the Case Review Committee involving the buying and selling of lots given to the informal settlers. They are determining which can be legalized and which can be retrieved.
She said informal settlers cannot sell a property owned by the city.
Bacolod City Administrator John Orola said the owners of the illegal structures have been warned several times before, even by the past administrations but they did not do anything.
Orola said they are asking for an extension of time after their structures have been demolished. However, there is a limit in whatever they do, especially since the concerned families have been given proper notices, he said.
The informal settlers are coordinating with the Bacolod Housing Authority pertaining to the relocation site. If they are not qualified to avail of a relocation site it might be because they have their own houses, Orola said.
The city is also scheduled to demolish more illegal structures in other barangays, Orola added.*
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