By Junex Doronio
August 9, 2022
Aerial shot of an area in Cebu occupied by informal settlers (Photo courtesy of Flickr)
CEBU CITY — To prevent casualties during heavy rains, Mayor Mike Rama has ordered the immediate removal of informal settlers within the three-meter easement of waterways in this city which he envisions to be transformed into a clean and prosperous place like Singapore.
On Monday, August 8, the demolition started and 40 illegal structures were torn down, leaving 29 families or 126 individuals homeless.
Councilor Jerry Guardo, chairman of the Committee on Infrastructure and Urban Planning and Development, disclosed that the affected families are now temporarily placed at the San Nicolas Elementary School in Barangay San Nicolas.
He said about 2,000 illegal structures that encroached on the three-meter easement in the different rivers in the city would be affected by the demolition to give way to the four flood control projects involving the widening of waterways by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
Maharlika TV gathered that Rama gave the order on Friday, August 5, after a downpour in Cebu City Thursday night, August 4.
The heavy rains caused flooding and almost drowned two persons after they were swept away by rampaging dirty waters when the Kinalumsan river, which traverses Barangays Labangon, Mambaling, and Duljo Fatima overflowed. (ai/mtvn)