CLEARING OPERATIONS AT TONDALIGAN

The City Engineering Office on January 24 starts clearing the Tondaligan Park of illegal structures, comprising of makeshift beach sheds, to pave the way for the start of the redevelopment plan of the park for it to attract more tourists from here and abroad. (CIO photo by Joseph C. Bacani)

DAGUPAN STARTS CLEARING OPERATIONS AT TONDALIGAN

DAGUPAN–The City Engineering Office on Tuesday began to clear the Tondaligan Park of illegal structures, comprising of makeshift beach sheds, to pave the way for the start of the redevelopment plan of the park for it to attract more tourists from here and abroad.

The redevelopment plan is a brainchild of Mayor Belen T. Fernandez with the backing of Pangasinan Fourth District Congressman Christopher De Venecia, who intends to build a bay walk where park visitors can frolic in the morning and afternoon, till dusk.

City Engineer Virginia V. Rosario said after removing the illegal structures along with their extended canopies, comfort rooms and sari-sari stores that have become eyesore for years, the area will be developed according to the approved plans, which means that the sheds will be built in accordance with the standards set by the city.

This means that the sheds must be open through and through so that from the road, one can clearly see the unobstructed view of the blue beach.

Part also of the redevelopment plan is to limit the number of sheds operating in the area to only 50.

There were only about 60 sheds doing business in the area before, but the number has increased to almost 200 sheds or more over the years.

“Unfortunately, a number of these shed owners have been delinquent in their tax obligations over the years,” said Rosario.

What is even worse was that the operators made their sheds as their permanent residence and had been the venue of some dubious activities, Rosario said.

As a result of these, at least 150 or more sheds will be removed from the park. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/Jan. 24, 2017)