Demolition of all hi-way obstructions set — Celso PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 05 January 2013 14:23

On the strength of a circular issued by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), demolition of all illegal structures and obstructions in highways and roads right of way will be set next week.

Mayor Celso Lobregat said the DPWH has sought the City Government’s assistance pertaining to a memorandum circular directing the immediate clearing of highways and roads right of way of all illegal structures.

Lobregat has had a series of meetings with barangay chairmen both from the east and west coasts of the City together with representatives from the DPWH, City Engineer’s Office, City Police Office and other concerned agencies to discuss about the impending demolition.

A task group composed of the District Engineer as the head and personnel from the CEO, City Administrator’s Office, City Mayor’s Office specifically City Licensing Division and the Zamboanga City Police Office has been formed to oversee the enforcement of the DPWH circular.

According to Lobregat, the task group will make the rounds of the different barangays starting from Tetuan to Licomo in the east coast and from Baliwasan to Labuan in the west coast on Monday to check on all illegal structures built along highways.

Owners of said structures will be given notices to voluntarily clear the highway within one week to ten days afterwhich the task group will be back to undertake the demolition, the mayor said.

The City Legal office has opined that such illegal structures are per se considered nuisance and that no Court or legal procedure is necessary to enable the task group to conduct the demolition.

Lobregat said the number of structures to be affected cannot be determined as of yet but stressed that the owners/ care takers of such structures will be properly notified. — Sheila Covarrubias