City brokers negotiation on coop property row PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 09 November 2015 11:33

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

The City Government is facilitating negotiations between a private cooperative and some residents of Sta. Barbara affected by the coop’s building construction to help resolve the problem of easement.

Upon instructions of Mayor Beng Climaco, the Office of the City Planning and Development Coordinator (OCPDC) and the City Assessor’s Office (CAO) inspected the site at Veterans Avenue, Sta. Barbara last Thursday and found out that the construction of the building of the Zamboanga Social Welfare Development Multi-purpose Cooperative (Zamsowedco) is ongoing.

While there is a .5 meters easement which may be insufficient, negotiations are still ongoing with Zamsowedco to augment the easement.

A meeting is scheduled on Monday, Nov. 9 at 2pm at the OCPDC together with the affected residents, City Legal Office, City Engineer’s Office, OCPDC, CAO and Zamsowedco to discuss the issue as well as the clearing of structures on the legal road right of way towards Lustre road.

Recall that the controversy arose when Zamsowedco, a private coop started construction of a 3-storey commercial building at its newly-acquired property in Lot 1221-B located at Veterans Avenue, Sta. Barbara last July. The said coop property, previously a vacant lot, was used as temporary entry and exit points by the concerned Sta. Barbara residents after the original RROW towards Lustre Street was enclosed with concrete fence for security reasons per admission of the lot owners. The closure of the original RROW in the said area negated the other residents with access to a public road and in effect diverted them to the ZAMSOWEDCO property as access to Veterans Avenue, as it was left vacant by the previous owner.

Mayor Climaco has earlier tasked the City Legal office to look into the property row.

Zamsowedco is a private cooperative and is not in any way part of the City Government though most of its members are employees of the city. — Sheila Covarrubias