By Junex Doronio
November 26, 2022
Photo courtesy of CDN
CEBU CITY — It looks like Mayor Mike Rama made the right move in tapping former Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu as Task Force “Gubat sa Baha” (war against flooding) chairman as the latter was able to persuade the owners of two big business establishments in the uptown area to voluntarily demolish their structures situated above the city’s major rivers within 10 days.
On Friday afternoon, November 25, Cimatu conducted an ocular inspection of White Knight Hotel and Lighthouse Restaurant, which had constructed a portion of their structures above the Lahug River along General Maxilom Avenue, popularly known by its old name Mango Avenue and a popular hangout of local and foreign tourists.
“Cooperative sila, and there is an understanding already that lahat naman (all their) preparation ay kino-comply naman, including the timetable and timeframe,” Cimatu said.
The anti-flooding czar also discussed with the owners of the two uptown establishments how the city government can help them in the demolition of their properties without disrupting their livelihoods.
Cimatu added that on Monday, November 29, he will also issue notices to several commercial and business establishments to voluntarily demolish their structures situated above the city’s major rivers within 10 days.
He stressed that the mayor’s directive has been clear and it should be implemented.
Rama has vowed to transform this city into similar to Singapore and wanted to get rid of illegal structures on the river banks to solve the problem of flooding once and for all in line with his vision. (ai/mtvn)