MDRRMC recommended immediate demolition of wall to avert delays in response time.
Baliwag, Bulacan – Mayor Ferdie Estrella ordered the immediate demolition of perimeter wall along the entrance of Tumana, Brgy. San Jose, Baliwag, Bulacan. The decision to demolish was due to the failure of the receiver to secure a nod from the courts regarding the acquisition of about 100 sqm portion of lot owned by College Assurance Plan which is currently, under receivership, stemming from its filing of bankruptcy. The courts placed the CAP under receivership after CAP Policy Owners filed a class suit against the company.
Mayor Ferdie Estrella also acted on the recommendation of the Baliwag Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council to demolish the perimeter walls along Tumana Entrance in order for ambulances and firetrucks to respond without delay should an emergency situation occurs.
The decision was verbalized to Philippine Veterans Bank by Municipal Administrator Enrique Tagle during the inauguration of the bank’s newly renovated branch.
In an interview by BCNewsO, Mayor Ferdie expressed his disaappointment over the court’s delay in issuing an order affirming the offer of the Local Government of Baliwag to acquire a portion of lot owned by CAP. He further said: “nakakatakot na may mangyari sa area na ‘yan at hindi agad na makaresponde ang mga rescuers dahil lamang sa makipot na daan dito. Hindi natin dapat ito pagtagalin pa. We will just explain to the court why we had to do this. Nothing is far greater than the safety of our people,” he ended.
During the demolition, the Mayor was accompanied by Brgy. SAN JOSE Chairman Lupa Rivera and Municipal Engineer Romy Santos.
(Note: PVB informed through a notice last Friday, June 8, that the court has issued an order approving the sale.)