Issue of January 6, 2019

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Village officials told to be vigilant against squatting
by Gaby B. Keith / PIO

Baguio’s newly-elected barangays are being requested to be mindful of Section 22 (D) of Ordinance 18, s. 2016, or the Environment Code of Baguio, which provides that any barangay official who tolerates or fails to report squatting and/or illegal construction activities within safeguarded lands in their jurisdiction shall be liable.

Resolution 395, s. 2018, authored by Councilor Elaine Sembrano, cites Section 16 of the Local Government Code of 1991, which provides that local government units among other things shall preserve the comfort and convenience of their inhabitants.

The resolution stressed that barangay officials must lead a serious drive in the elimination of the construction of illegal structures as these are in clear violation of the National Building Code and other pertinent laws.

It revealed that in highly-urbanized cities such as Baguio, there is an annual growth in the number of informal settlers due to the migration of people seeking better education, income, and employment opportunities.

“The continuous construction of illegal structures in the different barangays of the city may continue to proliferate to the great prejudice, damage, and disadvantage of the landowners and legitimate barangay inhabitants,” the resolution stated.

It stated that there are dishonest persons who for profit or gain and taking advantage of the absence of the landowner, construct illegal structures willfully and deliberately in any vacant lot within the barangay to lease or sell to innocent persons either for dwelling or business purposes.

“As a consequence thereof, the registered landowner of the illegally occupied property is deprived of his or her right to peacefully use, possess and enjoy the same,” the measure stated.

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