BAGUIO CITY: After Marcos Highway, the city will train its guns on illegal structures built on road right-of-ways along Naguilian and Kennon Roads.
Mayor Benjamin Magalong said while the city was removing 273 illegal structures along Marcos Highway, the same procedure should be employed along the other two major roads.
He observed the presence of illegal structures during surprise inspections along Naguilian Road last week, where he also noted violations of city ordinances on sanitation, permit requirement and sidewalk encroachments, among others.
For Kennon Road, Magalong directed City Building Official Engineer Nazita Banez to remove the illegal stalls at the Lions Head with the help of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
Banez suggested a drastic action at the Lions Head because of the willful stance of squatters, who kept rebuilding their structures despite being repeatedly driven away.
“It’s now a cat-and-mouse situation and it has been giving us a headache,” Banez said.
The mayor gave Banez the green light to start the demolition.
As a deterrent to keep the vendors from coming back, he said the city could tap the Baguio City Police Office to keep watch over the area.
The vendors numbering 15 were demolished in 2017 and again last year through the joint efforts of the City Buildings and Architecture Office (CBAO) and the DPWH Baguio City District Engineering Office under District Engineer Rene Zarate.
Earlier investigations of the DPWH road-right-of-way committee showed that the illegal structures consisted of shanties and stores which were obstructing the road-right-of-way of the scenic and historic zigzag road, in clear violation Presidential Decree (PD) 17 or the “Philippine Highway Act.”
On the other hand, the CBAO found that the shanties and stores have been constructed without the required building permits in violation of PD 1096 or the “National Building Code of the Philippines.”