BAUTISTA BATS FOR LAW ON GOV’T ASSETS
QUEZON CITY – Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista is pushing for the enactment of a law governing the management of government properties, a Manila Bulletin report said.
Bautista made the pronouncement after observing that certain projects have contended with delays because of the differing claims on public land. He recently learned that improvement projects within Camp Caringal are swarmed with challenges.
Quezon City Police District (QCPD) manages the police camp. However, the University of the Philippines (UP) holds the land title where these establishments are situated. The QCPD had sought permission from the UP before undertaking these projects.
As “much as the local government would like to develop the facilities on one hand, the law however does not provide the authority for it. One of the possible solutions for this is to come up with a law carving out the portion of Camp Karingal so that the continuous development of Camp Karingal will not be delayed,” Bautista emphasized.
The city mayor also noted such delays in other government land assets in Metro Manila.
The chair of the Regional Peace and Order Council mentioned that various fire and police stations as well as city jails grapple with the same problems.
The next step, he said, would be to identify facilities which sit on government-owned properties and discuss what can be done to accelerate the implementation of these improvements.
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