‘More’ follow USC’s example

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Friday, July 25, 2014

THE plan to widen the heavily-congested Banilad-Talamban Road has gained the support of establishments along the northern corridor.

They’re reportedly following the example of the University of San Carlos (USC), which has allowed the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7 to use part of its campus in Talamban for the project.

One of them is the University of Cebu Banilad campus, which is owned by Atty. Augusto Go, said Bunny Pages, Banilad Talamban Task Force head.


Richard Unchuan, another property owner, is also reportedly willing to make way for the development.

Pages, who owns several establishments along the Ban-Tal Road, said he will also give way for the road widening.

He said he hopes more will follow their example.

“Let us widen where we can and eventually, the rest will follow gradually,” he said.


Aside from private establishments, Pages has coordinated with Apas Barangay Captain Ramil Ayuman to convince informal settlers living near the Ban-Tal Road to make way for the project.

Pages said they will meet with settlers in Sitios Baka and Anagan today to discuss the matter.

He said some establishment owners were initially reluctant to give up part of their roadside properties due to compensation issues.

The USC’s move reportedly convinced them to change their mind, he said.

Last Thursday, USC officials announced that around 1,419 square meters, or about 300 meters, of its roadside property in its Talamban campus will be demolished to make way for the road-widening project.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 26, 2014.

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