No further developments at Maharlika pending turnover
Mayor Benjamin Magalong recently announced the city will not issue permits for construction or rehabilitation activities within the Maharlika Livelihood Complex.
Magalong said the structure will not be turned over to the city after the Department of Agriculture quashed attempts to rehabilitate it and have it turned over to the city next year.
Based on talks with Agriculture Sec. William Dar, the mayor said he was informed that the department has a lot to arrange first before giving its management to the city.
Magalong said he ordered the removal of construction materials in the area since the city did not issue corresponding permits for any construction or improvement on the structure.
The structure has a new management team which arrived last week to work on the turnover from the previous administration group.
The management of the Maharlika Livelihood Complex will be turned over to the city only on 2025, based on the 50-year contract entered by the city government and Maharlika’s developer.
The structure is currently under the supervision of the Human Settlements Development Corporation, a government subsidiary corporation under DA.
Earlier, the management of the Maharlika Livelihood Center attempted to construct a mezzanine within the structure without the permits from the city government. This prompted the affected tenants to file a complaint with the city government, leading to the issuance of cease and desist order against the implementation of the project. – Hanna C. Lacsamana with a report from PIO