Nearly 100 coastal struc­tures de­mol­ished, 600 more to go

Cebu Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - by Ros­alie O. Abatayo, Fe Marie Dum­aboc and Futch An­thony Inso NEARLY 100

FOR ten years, their house that stood on the seashore of Barangay Ibo in Lapu-Lapu City has been the home and source of in­come for the Fe­les­cuso fam­ily.

Hansel Fe­les­cuso, 55, earned P4,000 from the rental of the four board­ers that he ac­com­mo­dated in the ex­ten­sion of his house.

Fe­les­cuso, who works as a se­cu­rity guard, said that this amount has been of great help in send­ing his two sons to school, his el­dest be­ing a com­puter en­gi­neer­ing stu­dent.

But now, Fe­les­cuso and his fam­ily nei­ther have a home nor a board­ing house.

De­spite some ver­bal tus­sle, the de­mo­li­tion of houses along the shore­lines of Barangay Ibo in La­puLapu City was car­ried out yes­ter­day.

Nearly 100 houses and some pig­geries were torn down by the de­mo­li­tion team com­posed of per­son­nel from the Lapu-Lapu City Clean and Green, Ma­te­rial

Re­cov­ery Fa­cil­ity, and En­gi­neer­ing de­part­ments.

Mayor Paz Radaza per­son­ally su­per­vised the de­mo­li­tion as she ap­pealed to some of the res­i­dents to vol­un­tar­ily take down their houses.

The mas­sive clear­ing oper­a­tion in­volved around 260 city per­son­nel se­cured by about 40 of the city’s po­lice­men.

How­ever, some res­i­dents com­plained that the de­mo­li­tion team could not just tear down their struc­tures with­out pro­vid­ing them with a re­lo­ca­tion site.

Radaza ex­plained the city is still on the process of ac­quir­ing a private lot for the so­cial­ized hous­ing, which is a part of the project of Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte to bring in in­vestors for the cre­ation of medium-rise con­do­mini­ums avail­able for Com­mu­nity Mort­gage Pro­gram.

The Lapu-lapu City govern­ment also gave a P10,000 cash as­sis­tance to each house­hold. The de­mo­li­tion of the il­le­gal struc­tures will con­tinue un­til late next week.

Ac­cord­ing to Radaza, there are about 600 houses, rented rooms and 60 pig geri es in Bar an gays I bo, Bu a ya, Mac tan, Pu­sok and Pajo that are set to be taken down.

The de­mo­li­tion stemmed from the find­ings of the En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Bureau (EMB-7) that the amount of fe­cal co­l­iform present in the wa­ters off Mac tan was be­yond the stan­dard of 100 Most Prob­a­ble Num­ber (mpn) per 100 milliliters.

Wil­liam Cuñado, EMB-7 direc­tor, said that the qual­ity of the wa­ters off Mac­tan has dra­mat­i­cally im­proved but has still to meet the safety stan­dard.

“In the month of May, we’ve only recorded the high­est at around 170 mpn per 100 ml for fe­cal co­l­iform con­tam­i­na­tion,” said Cuñado.

Mean­while, De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources in Cen­tral Visayas (DENR-7) Direc­tor Gil­bert Gon­za­les com­mended the ef­forts of the Lapu-Lapu City govern­ment and urged other lo­cal govern­ment units (LGUs) to do the same.

He said that the LGUs should be keen in as­sur­ing that struc­tures within their ju­ris­dic­tions should ob­serve the ease­ment re­quire­ment set by the Wa­ter Code of the Philip­pines.

“We have openly in­formed not only the con­cerned LGUs, but ev­ery­body in the re­gion on the pro­vi­sions of the Wa­ter Code of the Philip­pines which de­fines the ease­ment zones. So our in­ten­tion is ac­tu­ally to make them aware that these ease­ment zones should be left open,” said Gon­za­les.

The ease­ment in cities should be not less than 3 me­ters; 20 me­ters in agri­cul­tural lo­cales; and 40 me­ters for tim­ber lands.

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