FIFTY-SEVEN illegal structures slated and ready for demolition along Kennon Road continue to stand due to the lack of funding for their actual demolition, according to Baguio City District Engineering Office (BCDEO) of the Department of Public Work and Highways (BCDEO-DPWH) District Engineer Rene Zarate.
According to Zarate, the funding for the demolition of structures along major roads comes from the routine maintenance fund of the department, which goes to other operations and costs that the department must shoulder.
Zarate said that in addition to the 57 illegal structures slated and ready for demolition, there are more illegal structures along Kennon Road that have been classified as “permanent structures” and require more time for their demolition to be funded.
He added that their office is currently conducting an inventory of all illegal structures on the Baguio side of Kennon Road for the programming of demolition operations to be included in their major routine maintenance fund under their annual program.
While the demolition operations are the mandate of the DPWH, the City Buildings and Architecture Office (CBAO) has expressed interest in assisting with the implementation of structure demolitions in the Baguio portion of Kennon Road.