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By: Mylen Manto | Published Thursday, October 24, 2019

The Province of Cebu ordered WT Construction Inc. to take out their equipment within the Capitol premises.

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, in a press conference, said she has no idea why WT’s equipment is still there despite the letter sent on October 17, 2019.

“In this regard, we are directing you to remove any and all equipment, machinery, materials and belongings owned by WT Construction from the Provincial Capitol compound within 48 hours from receipt of this communication,” the letter read.

“Failure to comply with the directive, the province will be constrained to explore legal avenues to dispose of WT’s heavy equipment, machineries, and various materials, it continued.

The excavated lot, which was supposedly where the planned Cebu Provincial Resource Center will be built, was filled back up by the Visayan Truckers Association and other groups at no cost to the Province.

Garcia asked the Engineering Department to prepare the development plan for a possible pay parking area and a park in the said lot once the backfilling is done.

“Yes, mahimo na nga pay parking area at the same time dili kay plain. We will make it a pleasant parking lot and also naay greenery pud,” she said.

Garcia added they will plant trees after huge trees were cut down as part of the project clearing done in the area.

Meanwhile, the governor revealed they are planning to file a case against WT for destroying the Commission on Audit (COA) building and excavation of the property despite knowing she sought for the discontinuance of the project. 

Since the province is using its resources for the manpower, equipment and fuel in compacting and spreading the filling materials dumped therein, they will charge the same with the WT, she said.

Through Executive Order No. 1, Garcia put an end to the construction of the project in the area in violation of Section 48(b) of Article XII of Republic Act 10066 or the National Heritage Cultural Act of 2009 as it may deform the image of the Cebu Capitol Building which was declared as the National Historical Landmark in 2008. (Mylen P. Manto)