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
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.
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.
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.
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.