INSPECTIONS for establishments along Governor Pack Road continue as Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong continues his drive to clear sidewalks at the congested area.
Magalong said he has given an ultimatum to establishments, which have encroached over sidewalks, and noted that some have yet to follow orders.
The mayor added plans for the area including the installation of covered walkways for passengers and students.
“Aayusin natin ito. Lagyan natin ng covered walkway. I gave them until August 13 to comply. Yung iba hindi pa naka comply. Nag-commit na sila ulit,” Magalong said.
Magalong said establishments have to take out extensions that block pathways on sidewalks.
He added that he is still unsatisfied with the easement offered by some stores in the area after his first inspection as he asked owners to back up equipment and wares towards their shop peripherals.
“Pag lumabas na estudyante at pasahero, sabay-sabay maglalakad mga tao sa likod [the streets] kasi kinain nila sidewalk,” added Magalong.
The mayor conducted the inspection Wednesday, August 14, with Baguio City Police Chief Allen Rae Co, City Administrator Boni Dela Pena, Nazita Bañez, and head of the City Buildings and Architecture Office and barangay officials.
In the past month, Magalong met with Session Road-Governor Pack Road barangay officials together with bus and van operators days after he assumed office in order to free sidewalks in the area which serve as a pathway for students and bus passengers, as well as a loading and unloading stop for transports and other vehicles.
Aside from the establishments encroaching on the sidewalks, Magalong also gave bus companies without garages an ultimatum to comply.