BACOLOD City – Fifteen illegal structures in Barangay Sum-ag will soon be destroyed to pave the way for the construction of the Bacolod-Negros Occidental Economic Highway (Phase 1 project).
City District Engineer Abraham Villareal said this yesterday after the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) – Bacolod office conducted an inspection in the village.
The structures are built within the national road’s 45-meter right of way, stressed Villareal.
The district engineer said they will tap the city government for the demolition of the structures.
“We will seek the help of the city government to work with our maintenance group,” he said.
Villareal added that the DPWH will first send a letter to the owners of the structures to inform them about the looming demolition.
“In case these people refuse to vacate what they have illegally occupied, we will resort to some drastic measures,” he stressed.
The Bacolod-Negros Occidental Economic Highway is a 21-kilometer long road covering nine villages, stretching from Barangay Sum-ag to Barangay Bata. It will be connected to the Bacolod-Silay Airport Access Road.
With a budget of P4.8 billion, the project aims to improve the traffic situation in Negros Occidental’s capital city./PN