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BCDA to proceed with Jusmag development plan

Published on 10 August 2012 [ manilatimes.net ]
Written by Lovelyn Quintos

The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) on Thursday reiterated its rights over the contested Jusmag Area at the Bonifacio Global City (BGC), saying it would push through with the proposed development plans there.

In a statement, BCDA said that it has “clear and unmistakable rights” over the 34.5 hectare Jusmag property formerly occupied by informal settlers and is subject for demolition.

“In Republic vs. Southside Homeowners Association Inc. [SHAI] [G.R.156591], the Supreme Court declared the area covered by the SHAI’s Transfer Certificate of Titles as part of the Fort Bonifacio Military Reservation. The SC further cancelled the title registered in the name of SHAI, thus restoring the Republic, and eventually BCDA, to what rightfully belongs to it in law and in fact,” BCDA said.

Some retired and active military personnel residing in the nearby Consular Area were alarmed that their residences will be covered by the dismantling procedures. BCDA President and Chief Executive Officer Arnel Casanova, however, clarified that only the Jusmag Area is being cleared by the BCDA following a Certificate of Compliance on Demolition issued by the city of Taguig on July 18.

Although many of the informal settlers previously occupying the area have availed of the government’s relocation program, Casanova said that some informal settlers remain in the area. He added the structures would be lawfully dismantled so the project can proceed.
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