By NITZ ARANCON
A COMPOSITE team created by city hall to carry out President Duterte’s order for local governments to reclaim public roads yesterday called on Misamis Oriental Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano to clear the roads and sidewalks within the capitol compound or else.
Antonio Resma, spokesman of the local composite team, said authorities here would be forced to rid the capitol roads and sidewalks of obstructions unless the provincial government complies with the President’s order.
Resma said Duterte’s Memorandum 121-2019, directing local governments to “reclaim” public roads applies to city hall as well as to the capitol.
“Pareho man kami LGU (local government) nga gimando-an sa Presidente to reclaim the roads. So, ang ako lang unta niini nga sila na lang unta sa kapitolyo ang mo-demolish kon duna may mga illegal structure sa mga dalan o sidewalk diha sa provincial capitol,” he said.
If the capitol doesn’t act on Duterte’s order, Resma said city hall’s composite team and officials of the barangay where the capitol compound is situated would be forced to carry out the demolitions based on the presidential directive and applicable city ordinances.
The capitol is in the center of its property that stretches from sections of A. Luna Street to the prison facility on Corrales Avenue, the de Lara Park, the capitol tennis court area, all the way to the area where the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) stand. Many of the establishments there are lessees of the provincial government.
While the roads are in the capitol compound, these are public roads within the territorial jurisdiction of Cagayan de Oro, he said.
“Na-a man kitay nga mga corresponding city ordinances nga mahimong atong basihan sa pag-demolish kon dili nila demolison ang mga nakabalda sa sidewalk o mga dalan diha sa kapitolyo. Ang kapitolyo covered man sa atong city ordinances kay ni-a na siya sa atong syudad,” Resma explained.
He said city hall cannot exempt the capitol from the ongoing road clearing operations, and all illegal structures and obstructions would be demolished even if these belong to the city or provincial governments.
Resma said the composite team would also clear the sidewalks and roads around the city hall-owned public markets again, especially Cogon market. Another is the market garbage dump that encroaches on part of Osmeña Street.
“Ato nang sukdon. Kon nakalapas gyud ang maong mga estraktora, ato gyud nang i-demolish bisan iya pa kana sa city hall nga facilities,” he said.
Yesterday, Resma’s group carried out road clearing operations on Gaabucayan Street, Osmeña Extension, Hayes Street in the Cogon area.