Maramag bike lane project faces opposition
MALAYBALAY CITY (July 7) – Governor Jose Ma. R. Zubiri Jr. said he is opposed to the proposed “Bike Lane” project of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Maramag town citing “it would displace poor residents”.
He conveyed his position in a press conference at the Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) in Malaybalay City on July 7.
An official of the DPWH reportedly sent final notices for residents living along the road right of way (RROW) in Maramag to vacate. Zubiri urged the residents not to heed the call.
The governor disclosed the final notice by Engr. Liberato S. Tan Jr, of the DPWH 2nd Engineering District in Don Carlos, Bukidnon to a resident.
The residents were given final notice to remove their illegal structures within the RROW affected by the proposed implementation of the bike lane project.
The DPWH cited possible legal charges if the residents fail to remove their “illegal structures” within seven days upon receipt of the notice.
The Governor said his son, Rep. Manuel Zubiri did not endorse and approve the project. He pledged to write to the DPWH to stop the project.
In the DPWH final Notice, they stressed that the implementation of the project have been hampered because the residents did not heed the successive notices of obstruction and prohibited use of the national road’s RROW.
The DPWH cited that the continued presence of structures violates pertinent laws and rules and regulations such as the National Building Code of the Philippines, Section 30 of RA 917 as amended by Section 23 of PD No. 17 as reiterated by DPWH Department Order no. 73, Series of 2014.
The DPWH said it could be declared as a nuisance and abated without judicial proceedings, in accordance with Articles 699 of the Civil Code of the Philippines. (Mel B. Madera for BukidnonNews.Net)
In Photo: The Metro Manila Development Authority holds a dry run on the bike lane in EDSA, Metro Manila - Wheels PH