City to Thresh Out Procedures on Right-Of-Way Squatters with DPWH
June 27, 2015
BAGUIO CITY – The City Government will thresh out with the Dept. of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) the procedures in removing structures on road right-of-ways (RROWs) on national roads in the light of a new ruling from the DPWH central office.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan on Monday said he will set a meeting with the DPWH Baguio City Engineering District Office and the city buildings and architecture office to iron out the rules in view of reports on the mushrooming of illegal structures along RROWs as attested to by Councilor Leandro Yangot Jr.
The city and the BCDEO earlier set guidelines to speed up action on RROW structures.
The mayor said they even came up with a format for demolition orders wherein both the heads of the BCDEO and the CBAO will have to sign.
But the guidelines will have to be revisited and revised in view of the new memorandum from the central office, the mayor said.
Yangot raised alarm over the proliferation of illegal constructions along RROWs in Dontogan barangay, Marcos Highway, Kennon Road and other areas. He said the structures include large buildings.
He also aired concern over the status of RROW lot along Naguilian Road which had been issued a title under the free patent law and the lots covered by the expanded titles.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan said the city is readying the documents to request the Office of the Solicitor General to initiate the cancellation proceedings to nullify the title of the lot along Naguilian Road.
The mayor believes that the city has a solid case because the lot which used to house the multi-purpose hall of the barangay is situated on a national road and commercial zone and therefore is not covered by the free patent law.
As to the expanded titles, the city is awaiting decisions on the nullification cases filed earlier./A Refuerzo