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Moratorium on construction
of gasoline stations proposed
BY JUANCHO GALLARDE

A moratorium on the construction of gasoline stations in Dumaguete is being proposed by Sangguniang Panlungsod member Nelson Patrimonio, who said that several applications for their establishment are now pending at the City Mayor’s Office.

He said there is a need to review the city’s Zoning Ordinance first, to determine if it is possible to establish gasoline stations in outlaying barangays to extend the economic activity, not just in the poblacion areas where gasoline stations are mushrooming.

The city now has more than 30 gasoline stations.

Section 458of the Local Government Code provides that the SP can prescribe reasonable limits and restraints on the use of the property within the jurisdiction of the city while pushing for the distribution of economic development to the barangays.

With the existence of a 20-meter diversion road that connects Bacong, Dumaguete, Valencia and Sibulan, it is possible that gasoline stations will be established along the route to address traffic congestion in the poblacion and gives motorists easy access for refueling, Patrimonio said.

He also said he is pushing for the preemptive or forced evacuation of residents during calamities to prevent loss of lives and properties, adding that local chief executives are mandated to carry out emergency measures as needed before, during and after a natural or man-made disaster.

He said his proposed ordinance mandates the mayor to forcibly evacuate residents in danger zones; and spells out the procedures and guidelines for preemptive evacuation as well as the establishment of temporary shelters, measures to secure the properties of evacuated residents from looting, and mobilization of personnel of the City Veterinary Office to take custody of and transport affected animals to government animal control facility.*JG

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