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Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Driftwood Beach is a legitimate property of the city government of Olongapo, official records show.

Driftwood Beach is part of the formerly referred to as Maquinaya Beach, now known as Bo. Barretto, and Maquinaya Beach was turned over by the United States Navy to the then Community of Olongapo in accordance with Republic Act 6449 (1972) and supported by Proclamation No. 2472 (1985) that states lands of public domain such as Halfmoon Beach and Maquinaya Beach shall be disposed upon the recommendation of the Mayor of Olongapo City.

From the year 1996 to 1997, the city of Olongapo thru Resolution No. 58 (series of 1996) and Resolution No. 20 (series of 1997) manifested its desire to protect and reserve government lots and properties of Olongapo from illegal occupancy including Maquinaya and Halfmoon Beach.

“Due to the resolve of the city government to reserve and prevent illegal occupancy of the said properties, on August 11, 1999, the City Council of Olongapo thru Resolution No. 87, authorized the Barangay Officials of Brgy. Barretto to operate and manage Driftwood Beach for fund raising purposes up to the end of year 1999,” according to City Planning Officer Engr. Marivic Nierras.

Brgy. Barretto’s management continued even after 1999. On August 2002, Brgy. Captain Mercedes Nafarrete of Brgy. Barretto turned over Driftwood Beach including some equipment to the city government. Also, Nafarrete stated that Driftwood Beach is only borrowed from the city government on her letter to Mayor James Gordon Jr. dated April 17, 2006.

After the barangay elections, Brgy. Captain Carlito Baloy entered into a Contract of Lease Agreement with the City Government of Olongapo, in behalf of Brgy. Barretto, to lease the Driftwood Beach on February 2008. Today, the city government of Olongapo is taking over the management of Driftwood Beach due to the unfulfilled obligations and unpaid pile of debts of Brgy. Barretto in connection with the lease agreement.


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