The Nazareth Lawn Tennis Club got a reprieve after Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno sent a letter to both Nazareth Barangay Captain Maximo Rodriguez III and Charles Christian S. Mejia, president of the Nazareth Lawn Tennis Club opposing the demolition of the Nazareth Tennis Court. However, Moreno ordered the demolition of a 2-storey structure earlier discovered by barangay Nazareth officials being used as a videoke bar.
Mayor Moreno cited Section 31 of Presidential Decree No. 957 as amended which read in part that areas reserved for parks, playgrounds and recreational areas “shall be non-alienable public lands and non-buildable.” Read the full text below.
A large notice issued by City Administrator Teddy Sabuga-a, Jr. has already been posted onsite.
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However, Moreno ordered the tennis club to demolish the 2-storey structure discovered by barangay Nazareth officials being used as a videoke bar serving liquor.
Meanwhile, Judge Carolyn Casiño-Damasing of the Cagayan de Oro Municipal Trial Court in Cities (MTCC) Branch 7 issued an order preventing the barangay council of Nazareth from demolishing the Nazareth Lawn Tennis Club.
It can be recalled the barangay is planning to demolish the tennis courts to give way for the construction of a new Barangay Hall as shown below.
However, the tennis club vehemently opposed such plan. The tennis court is home of the city’s most active tennis organization and the Nazareth tennis courts have so far produced many of the country’s best including Francis Casey Alcantara and Marisue Jacutin and a long list of top tennis players. It has also hosted a lot of national tennis tournaments and as part of the Philippine Tennis Academy – CDO Satellite, it is where aspiring young tennis players train and hone their skills.
Prior to Moreno’s letter, barangay officials had already posted notices on the tennis court’s demolition.
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