School allows use of its property for road-widening project-A A +A
Thursday, July 24, 2014
THE University of San Carlos (USC) has allowed the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7 to use part of its campus in Talamban to make way for a road-widening project to help improve traffic on the Banilad-Talamban (Ban-Tal) Road.
Fr. Lucio Pedro Dayag, SVD, the USC’s administrator of properties, said in a press conference yesterday that the school will give up about 1,419 square meters, or about 300 meters, of its property for the project to proceed.
Affected will be the Talamban campus’s concrete fence and pathway protecting the sidewalk.
Last July 10, Fr. Dionisio Miranda, SVD, USC president; aand Fr. Ernesto Lagura, USC internal consultant for administration and legal affairs, formally signed a road right-of-way entry permit.
Architect Marvin Gaerlan of USC’s property administration office said that about four meters of the south gate and about two meters of the north gate will be demolished to give way for the road-widening project.
Aside from fence and sidewalk, some buildings and about 10 trees will also be removed.
Dayag said the DPWH 7 will secure the necessary permits from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for the proper removal of trees.
Gaerlan said it might take two months for the project to be completed.
Dayag said they’re allowing the DPWH 7 to conduct road works on school property even though both parties have not yet agreed on compensation.
“Our concurrence is prompted by our civic consciousness of the importance of this project to the public, and duty to be part of the solution to the current pressing concerns about the heavy traffic along Gov. Cuenco Ave.,” Dayag said.
He said the DPWH 7 has yet to pay for one of the school’s properties in its north campus on F. Sotto St.
He said they also heeded Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama’s call to move the school’s fence.
Dayag said that with their initiative, they hope other establishments along the Ban-Tal Road will follow their lead.
Acting Mayor Edgardo Labella, for his part, thanked school management for giving in to the City Government’s request.
“That’s a very welcome development and other private individuals are set to follow soon,” he said.
The move, he said, should set a precedent for other establishments along the northern corridor to cooperate with the road-widening project.
Labella said Bunny Pages, Banilad-Talamban Task Force head, told him another business owner is willing to cooperate.
Labella said Atty. Augusto Go, owner of the University of Cebu Banilad campus, had agreed to set back his property for the sidewalk and the road.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 25, 2014.