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Banaue parking building to push through, says mayor

Aug 27, 2015 @ 4:34

Banaue, Ifugao Mayor Jerry Dalipog stood firm that the controversial parking building near the Banaue rice terraces will proceed as planned.

The mayor said he has already informed the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) that the project site is not within a heritage site.

“We informed NCCA that the project is not situated within the heritage sites in Banaue. There are only two heritage sites in our municipality, which are the Battad and Bangaan Rice Terraces.

The project site is within a commercial zone and four kilometers away from the Banaue Viewpoint,” Dalipog was quoted by Baguio Midland Courier as saying.

Dalipog has invited NCCA officials to the town to inspect the site to dispel fears that the parking building would be a “photo bomber” to the famed rice terraces.

He said the P55-million, seven-storey parking building, which is capable of accommodating more than 110 light vehicles, has been programmed to be completed in eight months.

Petitioners led by Poblacion village chief Fernando Bahatan asked the Ifugao Regional Trial Court Branch 34 to issue a temporary restraining order against the project. The court later issued a 72-hour TRO.

But the court, during a hearing on July 21, denied the petition to extend the TRO, noting that the petitioners failed to file a P50,000 bond.

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