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Bibak lot eyed for one stop shop

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

BAGUIO. Different student cultural groups in the Cordillera plea to the City Government in building a cultural center after the demolition at the Bibak compound in Harrison Road. (Milo Brioso)

MAYOR Mauricio Domogan said the Benguet-Ifugao-Bontoc-Apayao-Kalinga (Bibak) property along Harrison road will not be leased commercially but be used by regional offices.

Domogan said the technical working group is still crafting a master development plan for the space which is momentarily being used as sleeping quarters by a security group.

Domogan said the compound may become a one stop shop for government offices and cited the dilemma of the regional office of the PhilHealth which pays a P700,000 rental annually.

The city is working with the National Commission for Indigenous Peoples as well as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for the rehabilitation of the compound with pooled funding from the three entities.

[READ: Bibak lot rehab to start]

The Bibak compound measures 5,000 square meters, under Title OCT No.1 owned by the government since the 1960's.

The Bibak building, used to house the Cordillera Regional Assembly, is set to be fully rehabilitated and is eyed for cultural purposes.

In previous years, the Bibak area was used by the illegal settlers, with some persons reported to have two houses, while others set their houses for rent while some had their spaces extended.

Domogan said the compound may also be used as a dormitory for students as keep true to its original purpose.

Published in the SunStar Baguio newspaper on December 06, 2017.

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