Sec­ond day of demolition has­sle-free


EX­CEPT for the dif­fi­culty in tear­ing down struc­tures built on wa­ter, the sec­ond day of the clear­ing oper­a­tions in the coastal barangay son Mac­tan Is­land went ahead with­out any ma­jor has­sle yes­ter­day.

Re­nato Parba, who leads the demolition team from the Ma­te­rial Re­cov­ery Fa­cil­ity (MRF), said it’s harder to de­mol­ish struc­tures built on the wa­ter be­cause they have to use a small boat in bring­ing the de­bris to the trucks which will trans­port them to the MRF base in Barangay Mac­tan.

“Kad­tong mga tag-iya ug board­ing house wa na­man moguba sa ilang board­ing house kay naghu­lat na lang sa de­mo­li­tion­team kay­mo­gasto pa daw sila kon sila mag­paguba, ” said Parba. (Own­ers of board­ing houses just waited for the demolition team to tear down their struc­tures to save money).

The demolition, which was or­dered by the Lapu-Lapu City gov­ern­ment, was ef­fected to lessen the co­l­iform con­tent of the wa­ters around the is­land, a ma­jor tourist des­ti­na­tion in the Visayas.

The tear­ing down of at least 600 il­le­gal struc­tures is ex­pected to last three months, Parba said.

First to be torn down by per­son­nel from the MRF, City En­gi­neer­ing and Clean and Green were board­ing houses and pig­geries.

Joel Pabuaya, 50, owner of a board­ing house in Barangay Ibo and a res­i­dent of said barangay, could only sigh as the demolition team com­pletely tore down his house.

“Wala ta’y mahimo kay dili man ni atoa,” said Pabuaya. (We can’t do any­thing since this is not ours).

Pabuaya said his board­ing house costs P170,000 but claimed that he had al­ready earned enough since he had been leas­ing the build­ing for 20 years.

Mean­while, Parba said that heaps of smelly garbage were dis­cov­ered un­der the de­mol­ished struc­tures which were im­me­di­ately dis­posed by mem­bers of the Clean and Green team.

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