By LITO RULONA
THE city council on Monday voted to pay Capistrano Development Corp. P9.6 million for a lot affected by a 10-meter wide road from the junction of JR Borja Extension to Bigaan River in Gusa after two councilors objected to the proposal.
Two councilors, all from the city council minority, abstained.
The city council outvoted councilors Enrico Salcedo and Edna Dahino who asserted that the road is only five to six meters wide and not 10 meters in width.
The newly approved ordinance approved P9.605 million for the claim for just compensation and other expenses covering the 7,793-square meter Lot no. 3-A in Gusa.
“Kini nga dalan wala ra gayud kini mag-10 meters,” said Salcedo, a former barangay chairman of Gusa. “Ngano bayaran man kini nato nga naigo naman kini sa diversion road implemented by the DPWH (Department of Public Works and Highways) which already conducted an ocular survey, and the project is ongoing? Sayang kaayo nga ato pa kining bayaran.”
For her part, Dahino said she has inspected the area and the City Engineering Office measured the affected area.
A width of 10 meters, she said, would affect some houses and stores in the area.
Councilor Ian Mark Nacaya said official records show that the payment was recommended for approval when Vicente Emano was still the city’s mayor.
He said the then city assessor Lino Daral and the then city engineer Jorie Bingona recommended the approval.
“The sketch plan and assessment of the said unpaid area are complete, including the recommendation now of Mayor Oscar Moreno, for the full payment,” Nacaya said.
The councilors who voted for the proposal were Teodulfo Lao Jr., Reuben Daba, Suzette Daba, George Goking, Ma. Lourdes Gaane, Romeo Calizo, Jay Pascual, Dometilo Acenas, Yam Lam Lim and Nacaya.
Councilors Leon Gan and Lordan Suan abstained.