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Indigents’ commission allows parking project to continue

BANAUE, Ifugao—The Regional Hearing Office of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples has denied the petition of concerned residents of this municipality seeking to extend the 72-hour temporary restraining order it had earlier issued on a parking facility project here.

The commission said the petitioners failed to prove their allegations that the area where the seven-story parking lot will be erected is the same area for cultural activities.

The NCIP-CAR also said in a resolution that the proposed site for the pay parking is part of the municipality’s trade center.

The commission, however, mandated the local government to continue consultations with concerned stakeholders relative to the implementation of the P55- million project, a  major development project of the local government  for local residents and visitors alike.

The 72-hour temporary restraining order earlier issued allowed  concerned stakeholders to ventilate the issues for or against the construction of the pay parking facility.

Mayor Jerry C. Dalipog considers the latest NCIP-CAR ruling denying the request of the petitioners to extend the TRO as a victory for the people in favor of the project  and who wanted to improve the image of the town before visitors.

Dalipog also belied the repeated insinuations of the petitioners that the construction of the town’s seven-story pay parking facility will affect the rice terraces which has been declared a world heritage site.

Despite suffering a setback, however, the petitioners are now studying the next step that they would take to stop the project.

Sources disclosed those opposing the project are the mayor’s political opponents.

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