The Bacolod City Legal Office employees implemented a clean-up drive at the Bacolod Burgos Public Cemetery yesterday with the help of the Philippine National Police, a press release from City Hall said.
The Enforcement Unit led by SPO1 Jose Benjie Dondon, PO3 Marlon Dela Pena, and SPO1 Joel Manojo are credited for the success of the clean-up that took place 8: 00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., it said.
The clean-up focused on the implementation of a legal notice to illegal settlers living in the public cemetery and ensuring that no scavengers will dwelling in the area, the release said.
Madyaas Beloria, secretary to Cesar Beloria of the City Legal Office, said they have already notified these people, living illegally in the cemetery, to vacate the premises who had earlier been asked to attend a meeting at the City Legal Office months before the clean-up drive, it said. They were also assured of their safe relocation soon.
The city has a relocation site ready to accommodate them and they were given ample time to process their documents for their relocation, the press release said. Some of them have met the necessary requirements for the relocation but others remain at the Burgos cemetery, it said.
Beloria said after the clean-up drive yesterday the illegal settlers will already vacate the Burgos cemetery premises for their own good.*