Bacolod fire marshal, Chief Insp. Publio Ploteña, said the barangay hall of Barangay 8 will be transferred to a government property at the Reclamation Area in Bacolod City.
He said that according to the City Legal Office, they will be demolishing about four houses in the government property where the barangay hall will be transferred.
After the demolition of these houses, the city can start clearing the creek to address the flooding problem in the area, he said.
There were about 17 illegal settlers occupying the property of the Bureau of Fire Protection in Brgy. 8 who have been transferred, not only because the property is owned by the government, but also because President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to upgrade the capability of the bureau, so they have to implement some improvements, Ploteña said.
The structures of these illegal settlers were demolished about two weeks ago so they plan to build a three-storey building where they could provide a parking space for their fire trucks since the President has ordered all streets cleared of obstruction, he said.
Ploteña said there were families who have already applied for relocation site with the city and there were some who are questioning why the barangay hall remains. This is why it has to be transferred to another area in the barangay that is owned by the city, he said.*
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