Dumaguete diversion road nears completion

DUMAGUETE CITY -- A diversion road that will connect the outskirts villages of Junob, Cantil-e and Bajumpandan in Dumaguete City will soon be completed after two homeowners have agreed to cede a portion of their property in favor of the government.

The four-lane Junob-Cantil-e-Bajumpandan diversion road project, while operational already, met a snag in previous years after the homeowners had refused to set back their fences, thus posing a threat to road-users.

Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo, however, made arrangements with the homeowners, allowing the contractor, Phil South, to complete the road, said Dems Rey Demecillo, city information officer, on Wednesday.

According to Demecillo, the Mangacop family had agreed to have their fence demolished on Monday after learning that the other homeowner, Oscar and Rosario Yutangco-Torres, had decided to donate a portion of their property to the city.

The Torres family, however, asked that the City Government to build a new fence before the old fence, that was jutting out the road, be taken down.

The Mangacop family had received payment in 2014 for the property on which their fence sat, with the market value assessed by the City Government, Demecillo explained.

Remollo had to supervise the demolition of the fence of the Mangacop family on Monday, with Engineer Perlie Moreno of the Department of Public Works and Highways-Negros Island Region and a Philsouth representative present.

The mayor is hopeful that with this development, traffic flow will ease up in the center of the city as the diversion road will provide an alternate route for those travelling to and from Dumaguete.

The diversion road is part of a multi-million peso-project that will connect this capital city to the next town, Sibulan, and aims to decongest traffic for those that are headed north but outside of the capital city. (PNA)
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