Expropriation urged vs 3 bypass road lot owners PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 10:58

By DEXTER YAP

Three lot owners in Pasonanca are facing possible expropriation of their properties as the ultimate solution to the current impasse facing the bypass road project construction.

This as Congressman Celso Lobregat urged officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to resort to the ultimate remedy of expropriation to resolve the remaining right-of-way problem on the road construction.

The 36-kilometer bypass road currently faces a delay in its construction because of road right of way problems reported in the Tumaga, Pasonanca and Cabatangan portion of the highway.

DPWH District Engineer Cholie Roble said that most of the property owners in these areas are already open to negotiations with certain conditions.

There are however three remaining lot owners who have remained adamant in not giving up their properties and who intend to go to court to challenge the DPWH in a legal battle.

Pasonanca Barangay Chairman Efigenio Julian said that he already exhausted all efforts to talk to two out of the three lot owners who are reportedly Pasonanca residents.

Julian supports the recommendation of Lobregat to move for expropriation.

Lobregat described the process of expropriation as the “last recourse,” because all efforts of negotiation, dialogue and intervention from the barangay level up to the congressional level have been exhausted.

“We cannot wait forever for the lot and property owners to give in to the demand of the government.  If they continue to refuse the offer and close doors to negotiate with DPWH, then the law should apply,”  Lobregat told DPWH officials. (Dexter Yap)