De­mo­li­tion starts qui­etly in Man­daue

Some 97 houses in Si­tios Abra, Sa­pang­daan in Man­daue City will have to go to make way for the con­struc­tion of an ac­cess road from D.M. Cortes to U.N. Ave. Af­fected res­i­dents did not of­fer any re­sis­tance be­cause the “City fol­lowed the right pro­ce­dure be­for

Sun.Star Cebu - - FRONT PAGE - FLOR M. GITGANO / Re­porter @fmgitgano

To pave the way for a new road, the de­mo­li­tion of about 97 houses in Barangay Alang-alang, Man­daue City be­gan on Mon­day, a process that is ex­pected to last a week. A de­mo­li­tion team said there was no re­sis­tance and that most of the af­fected fam­i­lies dis­man­tled their homes them­selves.

The Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment Of­fice (Hudo) did not en­counter any prob­lem dur­ing the de­mo­li­tion of 97 houses in Si­tios Abra and Sa­pang­daan in Barangay Alang-alang, Man­daue City yes­ter­day.

The oper­a­tion was to pave the way for the con­struc­tion of a new ac­cess road from D. M. Cortes St. (for­merly known as Plar­idel St.) to U.N. Ave.

Com­pen­sa­tion

At least 27 Hudo per­son­nel took part in the de­mo­li­tion, which is ex­pected to last for a week.

Felix Ybañez, act­ing pres­i­dent of the Aban­don Bu­tu­anon River Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion Inc. (Abr­rai) of Abra, said that their mem­bers did not re­sist be­cause the City fol­lowed the right pro­ce­dure be­fore pro­ceed­ing with the ac­tiv­ity.

“We un­der­stood. Al­though we will end up with smaller houses, at least we’re closer to the main road. We’ll also be eas­ier to reach in case of fire,” he said in Ce­buano.

He said most of the af­fected fam­i­lies vol­un­tar­ily tore down their houses be­fore the de­molime­ters tion team came.

In a sep­a­rate in­ter­view, Venerando Mirabel of Abr­rai said that some of their mem­bers al­ready re­ceived P10,000 cash. He said those who had lived in the area since 1992 re­ceived P20,000.

Most of their mem­bers will con­tinue to stay in a city-owned lot, which is ad­ja­cent to the de­mo­li­tion site.

The road, which will be eight wide, will start from Abra, near Mount Olives Chris­tian School, and will end near St. Peter Memo­rial Chapel on U.N. Ave.

More as­sis­tance

Ce­sar Ylanan, head of Hudo’s de­mo­li­tion divi­sion, said they will pro­vide a ve­hi­cle for fam­i­lies to trans­port ma­te­ri­als that they can use to re­build their houses in an­other area.

“There was no re­sis­tance. In fact, when we ar­rived, most of the houses had al­ready been torn down. So, of course, we helped them,” he said in Ce­buano.

Af­ter Alang-alang, Hudo will de­mol­ish 27 struc­tures in Barangay Subang­daku, or be­hind the Cebu North Bus Ter­mi­nal up to the Subang­daku Na­tional High School, to make way for an­other road.

SUN.STAR FOTO / AL­LAN CUIZON

AF­FECTED AREA. These houses have to go to pave the way for an eight-me­ter­wide road that will start from Abra, near Mount Olives Chris­tian School, and end near the St. Peter Memo­rial Chapel on U.N. Ave.

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