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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, February 23, 2011
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Guv seeks authority
to ink agreement


The Sangguniang Panlalawigan will be asked today to grant authority for Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. to sign a compromise agreement for the return of the Paglaum Sports Complex in Bacolod City to the province of Negros Occidental, Provincial Legal Officer Jose Ma. Valencia said yesterday.

The draft agreement was revised when the governor opposed several provisions set in it by the DepEd, Valencia said.

But yesterday lawyers of the DepEd and the province finally agreed on the revised version that may be signed by the governor and Education Secretary Armin Luistro next week.

Luistro may make a side trip to Negros from Leyte early next week for the signing of the document, Valencia said.

The Paglaum Sports Complex was donated by the provincial government of Negros Occidental to the DepEd under the administration o of then Gov. Rafael Coscolluela in 1996.

But the provincial government, under Gov. Joseph Marañon filed a civil case before the Regional Trial Court of Bacolod against the DepEd for partial revocation of donation of property where the sports complex is located, citing violations of certain conditions set in the deed of donation.

The RTC consequently voided the deed of donation but the DepEd appealed the order before the Court of Appeals in Cebu.

The agreement to be signed by Marañon and Luistro now states that notwithstanding the pending DepEd appeal before the CA, they have agreed to enter into an amicable settlement.

In the draft agreement, the provincial government commits to construct a school building in accordance with DepEd standards, consisting of two floors with 24 classrooms to be used by the Negros Occidental High School, Valencia said.

The foundation of the building will have adequate preparations for an additional two storey structure, he said.

As soon as the property is turned over to the provincial government, notices of eviction will be sent to about 100 informal settlers in the area, and illegal structures will be demolished, so the provincial government can begin developing the sports complex area, Valencia said.*CPG




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