The Sangguniang Panlungsod of Dumaguete City has given City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo the authority to expropriate properties that will be traversed by the construction and widening of a drainage canal that is designed to address the perennial problem of flooding in the Mangnao-Banilad area (highway) during downpours.
Mayor Remollo stressed the project was stalled due to refusal of lot owners to cooperate and so he has to use the power of government to expropriate as a last resort. (Video Interview Courtesy of Choy Gallarde of Balita Karun)