Issue of July 9, 2017
Mt. Province

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BIBAK lot demolition scheduled Aug 15–16
by Jane B. Cadalig

ALL SET FOR DEMOLITION -- The more than 50 structures illegally built within the BIBAK compound are set for demolition by the city government on Aug. 15 and 16 after concerned agencies gave a green signal for the long pending demolition orders. Some occupants volunteered to dismantle their structures ahead of the demolition period. -- Harley Palangchao

One more – but definitely – the last extension?

Occupants of the illegal structures built at the Benguet-Ifugao-Bontoc-Apayao-Kalinga (Bibak) compound along Harrison Road were given anew until Aug. 13 to dismantle and make the most of what they can salvage from their dwellings before the city government implements the demolition in the area on Aug. 15 and 16.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan again asked the occupants of the illegal structures to dismantle their structures before the demolition.

Of the close to 60 structures at the Bibak lot, only two have so far fulfilled their commitment to voluntarily demolish their structures before their self-imposed deadline on June 30. 

“We appeal to the occupants to demolish their structures on or before Aug. 13 so they can have time to save what they can. The city will definitely push through with the demolition of the remaining structures there from Aug. 15 and 16,” Domogan said.

The demolition of the illegal structures at the Bibak lot has been postponed for several times when the occupants appealed for humanitarian considerations, resorted to legal actions, and sought the help of concerned government agencies, particularly the Presidential Commission on the Urban Poor (PCUP), in their bid to remain in the area.

These remedies did not work for the occupants until they signed an undertaking that they will voluntarily demolish their structures supposedly last June 30.

Domogan said that while the city is bent on evicting the occupants at the Bibak lot, it is also assisting the group by working with concerned government agencies in facilitating the process of their relocation.

“We are doing our best to help them. We are coordinating with PCUP through Ryan Lachica, who told us that his office has been convincing higher offices to issue the guarantee to pay the owner of the lot in Tam-awan, which was identified as relocation or housing area for the displaced occupants of the Bibak compound,” he said.

The mayor added that the PCUP is looking at the possibility of arranging for the initial development of the relocation area the soonest so the occupants will have a place to transfer.

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