Muntinlupa LGU provides shuttle services for Southville 3 residents affected by Bilibid Road closure

Southville 3 residents board the free shuttle service provided by the Muntinlupa City government (Muntinlupa PIO)

QUEZON CITY, March 26 (PIA) -- Muntinlupa City Mayor Jaime Fresnedi has ordered the provision of free shuttle services for NHA, Southville 3 residents who were affected by the closure of Bilibid Road.

Residents are shuttled from Biazon Road via Daang Hari and Alabang - Zapote Road to Starmall Alabang and vice versa.

On March 20, the Bureau of Corrections constructed a wall blocking the access of Southville 3 to the town proper via the National Bilibid Prisons Reservation.

Congressman Ruffy Biazon, Muntinlupa City Council, and Barangay Poblacion have approved separate resolutions condemning the action and requesting the immediate opening of the access road. The resolutions were forwarded to Congress and the Department of Justice.

To recall, Majority Floor Leader Coun. Raul Corro earlier said the city council have passed resolutions on Monday requesting the Department of Justice to order BuCor to reopen the road going to and from NHA, Southville 3 and requesting Congress of the Philippines, thru Cong. Rozzano Rufino Biazon, to conduct an investigation in aid of legislation.

In a recent Facebook post, Coun. Corro reiterated that BuCor’s action of preventing residents from passing through the NBP to go to other areas in Muntinlupa is illegal.

“Maliwanag na labag ito sa karapatang pantao ng mga residente ng Southville 3 at ginawa ito na walang ‘due process of law’ at labag sa kanilang ‘equal protection of the law’ na ginagarantiya ng ating Saligang Batas,” Corro noted.

While the Sangguniang Barangay of Brgy. Poblacion has also conducted a special session to approve a resolution condemning BuCor’s wall installation in Bilibid Road.

Southville 3 is a socialized housing project of the National Housing Authority located within the National Bilibid Prisons Reservation with 8,000 families or at least 40,000 residents.

On March 20, Congressman Ruffy Biazon visited the area and talked to BuCor officials for the removal of the wall. Biazon said the wall is an obstruction to free passage in public roads and violates Article 694 of the Civil Code of the Philippines.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi also sent a letter to BuCor Director General Gerald Bantag urging him to remove the wall. Fresnedi appealed to Bantag to use his “sense of compassion and soundness of reason in reconsidering your decision to what appears to us as a permanent closure of the portion of road that connects the said community to the rest of Muntinlupa.”

The local exec said it would have been better if BuCor have coordinated with the City Government and the affected residents of its plans to close the road so that all parties would come up with a viable solution to the issues on the subject matter.

Muntinlupa Public Information Officer Tez Navarro said BuCor did not inform the local government of its plans in building a wall in the area.  She added that BuCor only sent a letter on March 18 to Poblacion Bgy. Captain Allen Ampaya informing him “that paths leading to the NHA, South Ville 3 and the route in front of Tower 8 going to the Minimum Security Compound will not be accessible to all pedestrians and motorists starting from March 20, 2021 (Saturday) at about 5 a.m. until further notice.”

Alternative route for Southville 3 residents going to Poblacion is through Biazon Road, passing through Daang Hari Road in Bacoor, Cavite and Las Pinas, Bgy. Ayala Alabang, Bgy. Alabang, Bgy, Bayanan and Bgy. Putatan. (PIA NCR)



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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