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Makati enforces road right-of-way; 282 encroachments along sidewalks, streets demolished

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September 13, 2018

Ref.: ICRD Makati, 8998938

 

 

Makati enforces road right-of-way; 282 encroachments along sidewalks, streets demolished

 

 

The city government of Makati, through its Department of Engineering and Public Works (DEPW), has demolished 282 encroachments along sidewalks and streets in both districts of the city in the past few months in line with its thrust of promoting walkable and safe streets for pedestrians and motorists.

 

Makati Mayor Abby Binay said as early as last October, the DEPW had issued notices of violation to concerned residents asking them to remove objects and structures extending beyond the property line.

 

“We have given the concerned residents more than enough time to comply with the notices of violation issued to them. We have made it clear to them that we intend to enforce the law for the common good,” Mayor Abby said.

 

The mayor said her administration remains firm in its commitment to public welfare and safety, especially for ordinary Makatizens who have the right to walk on clean and unobstructed passageways.

 

In his report to the Mayor, DEPW head Engr. Lauro Reyes said that during the Road Right-of-Way (RROW)  Demarcation Project they undertook in October last year, they had identified 1,113 private properties with encroachment along sidewalks and streets in the city.

 

Reyes underscored that all of the identified violators were issued an initial notice of demolition, which was followed by a final notice when they failed to comply with the former. The concerned residents’ failure to comply with both notices has prompted the DEPW to commence the demolition of the above-mentioned encroachments.

 

In District 1, DEPW has demolished 68 encroachments in Brgy. Olympia; 42 in Sta Cruz; 35 in Pio del Pilar; 29 in Tejeros; 23 in Palanan; 19 in Valenzuela; 16 in Poblacion; nine in Carmona; eight in La Paz; seven, San Antonio; five, Bangkal; three, Singkamas; and one each in Kasilawan and San Isidro.

 

In District 2, 12 encroachments have been demolished in Brgy. Guadalupe Nuevo; three in West Rembo; and one in Comembo.

 

The road demarcation project of Makati is pursuant to Municipal Ordinance No. 93-330 and the National Building Code.

 

Municipal Ordinance No. 93-330 prohibits the parking of motor vehicles and installation of business stalls or similar objects which restrict, impede or obstruct the free flow of pedestrian traffic on the sidewalks of all streets in Makati.

 

Under the ordinance, all business stalls and other similar objects found on or along sidewalks of all roads and streets shall be penalized. On the first offense, a notice of warning will be served to the owner/operator of the stalls to remove their stalls within two days. On the second offense, a grace period of two days is given for the removal of the stall, after which the city government has the authority to demolish and confiscate the said stall.

 

Illegally parked vehicles will be subjected to towing and impounding, and will only be released to the driver, owner, or operator upon the payment of its towage fee and penalties as provided by the city traffic code.

 

On the other hand, Chapter 10, Section 1002 of the National Building Code states that (a) No part of any structure or its appendage shall project into any alley or street, national road or public highway except as provided in this Code. (b) Footings located at least 2.40 meters below grade along national roads or public highway may project not more than 300 millimeters beyond the property line.

 

(c) Foundations may be permitted to encroach into public sidewalk areas to a width not exceeding 500 millimeters; provided, that the top of the said foundations is not less than 600 millimeters below the established grade; and provided further, that said projection does not obstruct any existing utility such as power, communication, gas, water, or sewer lines, unless the owner concerned shall pay the corresponding entities for the rerouting of the parts of the affected utilities.

 

Meanwhile, the DEPW has issued a memorandum to all owners, contractors, and implementing agencies of all on-going constructions issued with excavation permits in District 1, requiring them to assign or maintain a sufficient number of personnel during non-working hours/days, time of calamities and holidays.

 

Reyes said this is to ensure and maintain safety at all times in their respective job sites and to avoid any untoward incidents that may compromise the safety of Makatizens.

 

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