Due to lack of funds, unavailability of relocation sites Cebu City gov’t helpless vs ‘squatters’

Due to lack of funds, unavailability of relocation sites Cebu City gov’t helpless vs ‘squatters’

By Junex Doronio
August 30, 2022

Photo grab from Cebu SunStar

CEBU CITY — Good intention is not enough as the local government in the reputed Queen City of the South is seemingly helpless in clearing the seven waterways that an estimated 14,000 illegal structures are squatting on the three-meter easement that always caused floodings.

Mayor Mike Rama has ordered to reclaim the three-meter easement zone in all waterways in the city to allow the Department of Public Work and Highways in Region 7 (DPWH-7) to fast-track its implementation of various flood control projects in the city.

“So far, we’ve served 2,000 demolition orders. But by the looks of it, some 14,000 will be affected by the clearing operation,” Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CCDRRMC) chairman Gerry Carillo disclosed.

On Monday, August 29, Carillo admitted that they were compelled to prioritize the 2,000 “squatters” due to their lack of relocation site and insufficient funds.

“The funding for the affected owners’ financial assistance from the Department of Public Works and Highways is also limited,” the CCDRRMC chief lamented.

He bared that the affected owners will receive P35,000 from the agency.

“We’re working on the budget. It’s a big amount and we need to present this to the City Council and the national government,” Carillo stressed.

It was gathered that the illegal structures are located along the Bulacao River, Lahug River, Guadalupe River, Kinalumsan River, Butuanon River, Estero Parian and the Budlaan-Talamban River. (ai/mtvn)

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