Illegal occupants at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City, including those who have gardens and are selling plants there, have until Saturday to vacate the area, Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said yesterday.
Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said those issued notices to vacate the Panaad by Saturday are owners of 15 garden shops, one car shop and 10 illegal settlers.
“It turns out these gardeners are not holding any Memorandum of Agreement with the province,” Lacson said.
They have not paid any rent, they are earning income from their gardens at the expense of the province, he said.
“I’ve checked, there is no income on the part of the provincial government, and I could imagine they are also using our facilities like water,” he added.
Lacson said the provincial government is preparing the Panaad Park and Stadium for the Western Visayas regional meet and the Palarong Pambansa, and needs to clear the illegally occupied spaces for other uses.
He said the cleared areas may be used for parking spaces needed for big events, and if they are used for any commercial activity occupants have to enter into legal agreements with the Capitol.
Lacson said the bidding for the replacement of the rubberized track oval at the Panaad that is expected to cost about P40 million has been done. Roofing and other repairs at the sports stadium are also set, he said.
“It is important that the playing facilities are improved because the Palaro is about the athletes, how they will perform in their respective sports,” he said.*
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