Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Bibak demolition halted

A PROMISE to leave amicably has stopped the demolition of Bibak structures Thursday.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan suspended the order to the City Building and Architecture Office headed by engineer Nazita Banez to demolish structures deemed illegal at the Benguet-Ifugao-Bontoc-Apayao-Kalinga (BIBAK) property, after occupants vowed to voluntarily vacate the premises by June 30.

Occupants sent a letter to Domogan on Wednesday, January 25, signifying their intent to amicably get out of the government owned area committing to vacate the premises by the end of June.

Signed by majority of occupants the letter stated government can demolish remaining structures after June 30.

“We declare and swear that this authority is irrevocable,” the letter said.

The demolition originally scheduled January 18 was likewise stopped because of the arrival of Miss Universe candidates to the city, pushing the local government to re schedule demolition plans to January 26 and 27.

Domogan gave the occupant’s time to dismantle structures in the 7,000 square meter area and set demolition of what remains of the area on July 1.

The Regional Trial Court refused to grant a temporary restraining order to stop the City Government from demolishing structures at the government-owned lot along Harrison Road where 58 illegal structures which the occupants claimed they have been occupying since 1982 and are members of the marginalized sector.

Domogan said parcels of agricultural land in the Long Long, La Trinidad area is being eyed for relocation for settlers with talks with Valley mayor Romeo Salda progressing to convert the land into residential.

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