OFFICIALS of Bacolod City Legal Office (CLO) said they will recommend to the city executive the request of affected residents in Barangay 12 for their demolition to be extended.

The affected families vowed to voluntarily demolish their illegal structures until May 2010.

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The City Government represented by Councilor Alex Paglumotan and CLO officer 2 enforcement team head lawyer Cesar Beloria met Barangay 12 officers and affected residents represented by their legal counsel lawyer Sonia Verdeflor in a public hearing Monday at the New Government Center with regard the said demolition problem.

Beloria promised the residents that their request for an extension be recommended.

He noted that last December 15, 2009, the City Government issued a notice of demolition to the illegal structures in Barangay 12, giving the affected families 15 days to voluntarily demolish their illegal structures.

Beloria said the affected families in the barangay that have been scheduled for demolition sought for a reconsideration to defer the implementation of the City Government’s demolition order.

The Barangay 12 officials also appealed to Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia, through the CLO, to hold in abeyance the demolition activities of informal settlers in the barangay until May to enable them to have time to apply for a relocation site with the Bacolod Housing Authority.

At least 22 families in Barangay 12 are due for demolition by the City Government, said Beloria. (MAP)