Move to declare road public lot opposed

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Monday, August 18, 2014


THE move that seeks to declare W. Geonzon St. in Barangay Apas, Cebu City as a public road was stalled after it met opposition.

Some city councilors opposed the resolution authored by Councilor Sisinio Andales covering the matter.

During their recent session, Councilor Nestor Archival said it is beyond the power of the City Council to declare W. Geonzon St. as a public road because it is privately-owned and titled under the name of Cebu Property Ventures and Development Corp. (CPVDC).

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“This (resolution) is not a good idea. The declaration is beyond our capacity and authority. This is tantamount to land-grabbing,” he said.

But Andales wanted the road to be declared as public road since members of the Alliance of Barangay Apas Community Association expressed fears that it will be closed by CPVDC, more so when it was reported earlier that the public’s use of the area is by “mere tolerance.”

Also, Andales said that if W. Geonzon St. will be declared as a public road, it will help ease traffic congestion on Salinas Drive. It will then be managed by the City Traffic Operations Management.

Not city-owned

However, Archival reiterated that the City doesn’t own the road lot.

Councilor Gerardo Carillo, for his part, said the passage of the resolution is no longer necessary as officials of CPVDC already assured the council in an executive session last month that they will never close W. Geonzon St. to the public.

“There is already that knowledge that is a public road ever since. CPVDC can no longer alter that,” he said.

Main entrance

CPVDC also said earlier that they cannot close W. Geonzon St. because the road is one of the main entrances to Cebu IT Park.

Because of the opposition, the council has decided to refer Andales’ resolution to the City Legal Office for study, review and recommendation.

Citom executive director Rafael Yap, meanwhile said, Citom doesn’t enforce or implement traffic laws inside the premises of IT Park as its ownership is under CPVDC.

He said, though, that W. Geonzon St. is designated as the travel route for jeepneys to and from Apas under City Ordinance 2000, or the Travel Line Ordinance.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 19, 2014.

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