‘Wag padalos-dalos! Muntinlupa city council wants BuCor to secure LGU permit before demolishing houses inside NBP

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The Muntinlupa City Council passed on Monday, May 17, a resolution urging the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) to immediately cease and desist the eviction and demolition of informal settlers within the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) Reservation until it has secured a permit from the local housing board.

The council said that while BuCor is mandated to improve the safety and security inside its camps, compliance to national and local laws must be followed in evicting residents and demolishing homes.

Section 3 of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 7279 or the Urban Development and Housing Act of 1992 mandates government agencies authorized to demolish to secure a certification from the LGU or concerned agency that the area is the site of an infrastructure project with available funding which shall commence within sixty (60) days after clearing of the said area prior to any conduct of demolition.

BuCor Director General Gerald Bantag has ordered the eviction and demolition of residents within the 50 meter-radius from the fence of security camps.

In a letter addressed to Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi dated May 4, 2021, DG Bantag informed the local government of BuCor’s initiative to clear all structures near prison facilities and added that the project aims to “ensure that contrabands will not be thrown inside the Security Camps.”

He added that the project is in accordance with the twin mandate of the BuCor on Safekeeping and Reformation and as a preventive measure to mitigate COVID-19 transmission.