Pig­geries, board­ing houses first to go in Lapu de­mo­li­tion

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - /BY CORRESPONDENT NOR­MAN V. MEN­DOZA

BOARD­ING houses, com­mer­cial struc­tures and pig­geries vi­o­lat­ing the three-me­ter ease­ment zone along the Mac­tan Chan­nel will be the first to go.

This was the di­rec­tive of La­puLapu City Mayor Paz Radaza as the de­mo­li­tion of il­le­gal struc­tures in at least six barangays in the city’s coastal ar­eas starts to­day.

Lawyer Ethel­bert Ouano of the City Le­gal Of­fice said there are more or less 3,000 struc­tures that vi­o­lated the three-me­ter ease­ment zone in the chan­nel.

Of this num­ber ,190 are marked struc­tures com­posed of board­ing houses, com­mer­cial build­ings and pig­geries which will be de­mol­ished first.

“Dili man sab gud mahimo nga magsige nalang ta og post­pone kay gitawag na sa DENR ang atong at­ten­tion tun­god sa kahugaw sa kabay­bay­onan sa Mac­tan Chan­nel,” said Radaza. (We can­not keep on post­pon­ing this as our at­ten­tion has been called by the DENR due to the con­tam­i­na­tion in the Mac­tan Chan­nel).

Fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance

Ac­cord­ing to the mayor, they will be of­fer­ing fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to the qual­i­fied ease­ment set­tlers since they can­not pro­vide a re­lo­ca­tion site yet.

She ex­plained that there is a mass hous­ing pro­ject ini­ti­ated by Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte but said they are still in the process of ac­quir­ing a lot for the medi­um­rise build­ings for the in­for­mal set­tlers avail­able through a Com­mu­nity Mort­gage Pro­gram (CMP).

But while wait­ing for the mass hous­ing pro­ject to be com­pleted, Radaza is ad­vis­ing af­fected in­di­vid­u­als to find them­selves a tem­po­rary place to stay.

Around 30 po­lice and Crowd Dis­per­sal Man­age­ment (CDM) per­son­nel will as­sist the 50-mem­ber de­mo­li­tion team to­day.

The destruction of il­le­gal struc­tures starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 3 in the af­ter­noon ev­ery day un­til marked struc­tures are de­stroyed.

The six af­fected barangays are Pobla­cion, Pajo, Pu­sok, Ibao, Buaya and Mac­tan.

“Gawas nga de­likado nga puyan ang daplin sa da­gat nga gi- de­clare nga dan­ger zone sa atong balaod, tu­mong usab sa siyu­dad ang paglimpyo sa kabay­bay­onan aron ma-pre­ser­bar ang kalimpyo sa atong kada­gatan,” said Mayor Radaza. (Aside from it be­ing dan­ger­ous to live in houses built along our shore­lines, it is also the city’s aim to clean our shore­lines to pre­serve the clean­li­ness of our sea­wa­ters).

CDN PHOTO/LITO TEC­SON

Stilt houses and other struc­tures that vi­o­late the three-me­ter ease­ment zone in some coastal barangays in Lapu-Lapu City will be de­mol­ished start­ing to­day.

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