LTO, BFP offices on N. Bacalso to be demolished

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THE Cebu City Government will demolish the regional offices of the Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP) and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) on N. Bacalso Ave. to give way for the construction of the city’s command center and a wellness center.

Gerry Carillo, chairman of the Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council told SunStar Cebu Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, he was tasked by Mayor Michael Rama to lead negotiations with the BFP and LTO Central Visayas offices to vacate the City Government-owned lot so that it can be used for the infrastructure project.

The City has allocated P120 million for the project that is expected to begin within the year.

Carillo added that the BFP and the LTO have both agreed to the demolition since the City Government offered a vacant lot in the South Road Properties where they can move their offices.

In a separate interview, Rama told reporters that the plan is to create a medical arts building in the area that will have a lung center, diabetes center, and cancer center.

Rama added this is not the first time that the City Government had wanted to get the property back.

According to Carillo, the plan should have long been materialized if Rama had not lost in the 2016 elections.

They are now waiting for the signing of the memorandum of agreement between the City and the two government agencies so that the project can begin, said Carillo.

The City Government has already awarded the project to a contractor and the only thing hampering its commencement is the demolition of the offices, he added.

“The budget has been approved. The project has been bid out and awarded. We just only need to start,” said Carillo in Cebuano.

Aside from the medical building and the unified command center for emergency responders, the Cebu City Transportation Office will also be housed at the site.