Make ordinance vs. highway closure, DPWH 7 urges City

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Monday, December 16, 2013


AFTER declaring the “pay parking” policy of the Cebu City Government as illegal and a criminal act under Presidential Decree No. 17, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) urged the Cebu City Council to pass an ordinance prohibiting the closure of national roads for private purposes.

The national government agency is fed up with complaints from the public about closures of national roads for fun run, car racing, bike racing, wakes, barangay or sitio fiesta, among others.

In his letter to the City Council, DPWH 7 Director Ador Canlas urged the legislative body to “pass an ordinance prohibiting the closure of national roads for private purpose—whether partially or totally, consistent with the provisions of PD 17 or the National Highway Code.”

Businesses

Canlas also asked the City Council to pass an ordinance prohibiting the establishment of businesses along national roads, which do not have sufficient parking area for the vehicles of their customers, especially car wash businesses, vulcanizing shops, machine shops and auto repair shops. There are also vendors’ shanties within sidewalks.

While the said ordinance is yet to be passed, Canlas asked that a resolution be passed urging the business permit section of Cebu City Hall to stop issuing or renewing business permits for such businesses.

Canlas said this includes structures on national roads, including gutters and sidewalks. The penalty provisions of the ordinance must be in addition to the penalties under PD 17.

Structures

The DPWH official also requested the Cebu City Council to pass another resolution urging the Office of the Building Official (OBO) to demolish illegal structures on the sidewalks of national roads in coordination with the city’s demolition team.

Canlas said these illegal structures are “dangerous and ruinous buildings” as defined under the Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations of PD 1096 otherwise known as the National Building Code of the Philippines.

Copies of Canlas’s letter to the City Council were furnished to Mayor Michael Rama, City Traffic Operations and Management (Citom) Chairman Ruben Almendras, DPWH Cebu City District Engineer Nicomedes Leonor Jr., Cebu City Business Permit Section and DPWH Sec. Rogelio Singson.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 16, 2013.

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