Century to contest court order for MRT-7 takeover of Lagro property

Century Communities Corporation (CCC) will contest a Quezon City court order allowing the government to take over its 20-hectare property along Quirino Highway in Barangay Greater Lagro to build the depot for the Metro Rail Transit Line 7 (MRT-7).

Its parent company, publicly listed Century Properties Group, Inc. (CPGI), said in a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) that it tapped Divina Law Offices as its legal counsel to fight the expropriation case initiated by the Department of Transportation (DoTr) and the Office of the Solicitor-General (OSG).

Its senior vice-president for legal affairs Domie Eduvane would serve as the company’s lead representative.

The move was approved in a special meeting of CPGI’s board of directors last November 28, two days after authorities, aided by sheriffs of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branches 92 and 98, enforced the writ of possession over the depot site.

CPGI said its board approved “the filing of all the necessary court pleadings to exercise CCC’s rights on the property and uphold the rights of its stakeholders and shareholders.”

The company also issued a “rejoinder” to an article by the Philippine Daily Inquirer to “clarify that the ownership of the properties remain with CCC until the government has fully undertaken the necessary procedures for expropriation.”

It maintained that the DoTr’s offer of P3,600 per square meter in compensation was “grossly inadequate compared to the actual market value of the properties,” and claimed that the amount consigned to the courts for the expropriation case to proceed “was way below what is required by law.”

The MRT-7 is planned to be a 23-kilometer railway with 13 stations connecting City of San Jose del Monte, Bulacan to North Avenue in Quezon City, passing through Quirino Highway, Regalado Highway and Commonwealth Avenue. As of October 2019, it is 49.15% complete.

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