Oro re­lo­cates 12 fam­i­lies from Brgy. 31 to Calaanan

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Top Stories - By Jo Ann Sablad

TWELVE Mus­lim-af­fected fam­i­lies of Barangay 31 had been re­lo­cated to the Calaanan re­lo­ca­tion site af­ter the Ca­gayan de Oro City Gov­ern­ment started the de­mo­li­tion of il­le­gal struc­tures on April 11 and 12.

Ac­cord­ing to Ar­chi­tect Maria Con­cep­cion Al­can­tara, head of the Of­fice of the Build­ing Of­fi­cial (OBO), il­le­gal struc­tures are houses or struc­tures built along the road or the en­croach­ment on the road by any struc­tures.

The 12 re­lo­cated fam­i­lies were some of the iden­ti­fied fam­i­lies whose houses were built along the road.

Al­can­tara also men­tioned that aside from the land pro­vided to the re­lo­cated fam­i­lies, the City So­cial Welfare and De­vel­op­ment also gave them food packs and rice.

She added that the next de­mo­li­tion of il­le­gal struc­tures is sched­uled on Tues­day, April 17, wherein 15 fam­i­lies were iden­ti­fied to be re­lo­cated to the Balubal re­lo­ca­tion site.

Al­though the fam­i­lies were al­ready given an area of land to build their new house, Al­can­tara said there are three from the twelve re­lo­cated fam­i­lies who went back to Barangay 31 de­spite the de­mo­li­tion of their houses.

“May mga iba tala­gang pag-iisip, bu­ma­lik. Baka may mga pinaghi­hi­nayan­gan sila, bakit ayaw ni­lang umalis doon (There are some that are stub­born, they went back. Per­haps there are things they need to fin­ish that’s why they went back),” Al­can­tara said.

The OBO head added that the barangay cap­tain of Barangay 31, Cap­tain Delia Wabe, should be the one re­spon­si­ble in con­trol­ling the in­for­mal set­tlers liv­ing in the barangay.

“Eh, yung kap­i­tan parang walang pag-iisip. Na­ga­galit ta­laga ako sa kap­i­tan kasi sin­abi ko sa kaniya “Palumaluma kag kap­i­tan, di nimo kaya imong barangay.” (The barangay cap­tain is not think­ing. I was re­ally mad at her and told her “You be­came the barangay cap­tain and you’re not even ca­pa­ble of han­dling your barangay.”) I scolded her, I got mad be­cause she didn’t even co­op­er­ate with us. She did not even send even two of her tan­ods or any barangay of­fi­cial to as­sist us in the de­mo­li­tion,” Al­can­tara said.

Al­can­tara also men­tioned that Wabe’s house was also built along the road which, per­haps, is the rea­son why she’s le­nient with the in­for­mal set­tlers.

Wabe’s house, ac­cord­ing to the OBO head, is one of the houses which were not sched­uled for de­mo­li­tion as a re­quest for sus­pen­sion of de­mo­li­tion was sent to the City Coun­cil.

“Bukas may brief­ing kami (To­mor­row [April 17] we have a brief­ing) be­fore we go to the site, so I will throw that ques­tion to them, how do we con­trol the area na hindi man co­op­er­a­tive yung barangay (when the barangay cap­tain is not co­op­er­a­tive)?” Al­can­tara said.

(Pic­ture: Lyn­deSal­ga­dos)

KIDS AL­WAYS HAVE SOME FUN. The tra­di­tional game `ba­to­lata' is still be­ing played to­day like this one along a cor­ner in Matildest., brgy. Car­men, Ca­gayan de Oro on Sun­day, April 15.

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