THREE commercial structures within the danger zone were demolished in Sitio Spirla, Barangay Poblacion in Lapu-Lapu City yesterday morning.
City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (CDRRM) Officer Andy Berame said the owners had not secure business permits.
“Gipaabangan ni siya unya gigamit (The owners used the structures) for commercial purposes. Di man ni mahimo (This is not allowed) because this is within the danger zone or within the three-meter water easement,” said Berame.
More than 100 members of the demolition team from the CDRRM Office, City Material Recovery Facility and Urban Poor Association Office cleared the area where these structures are located.
One of the owners of the structures is City Councilor Gregorio Paquibot Jr., who owned a four-room house.
Berame said they received information that Paquibot was not the original owner of the structure.
The house was reportedly pawned to Paquibot after the original owner needed money during a family emergency. But after that, the owner failed to get back the house.
Paquibot was not present during the demolition.
A rented house with 14 rooms owned by Cecilia Freeze and a three-room house owned by Noel Potot were the two other structures that were demolished. Potot voluntarily cleared his area.
City Mayor Paz Radaza ordered the demolition of the 72 stilt houses and other structures within the danger zone in Spirla, after three structures in the sitio collapsed last Oct. 24. The three structures were hit by big waves when a fastcraft passed along Mactan Channel.
House owners Alfredo Rosales, 72, and his wife, Lilia, 67, were injured at that time.
The demolition was set to be done last Dec. 1, but Radaza said the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor intervened so the City just decided to clear first the commercial structures.
Berame said the houses along the Mactan Channel have to be demolished because the lives of the occupants are in danger, especially when the weather is bad.
Leone Serida, 46, president of Nagkahiusang Lumolupyo sa Spirla, said they will talk with the mayor before their houses will be demolished.
“Kana sa danger zone, wa mi supak ana. Ang amo relocation tungod sa kadugay na namo (We are not against if our place was identified as a danger zone. What we only want is a relocation site for we have been living in this area for a longer time,” she said.
Serida, who has lived in Spirla for 30 years, said they are willing to transfer as long as a relocation site is available.
More than 20 personnel from the Lapu-Lapu Police Station (LPS) 3, Lapu-Lapu Special Weapons and Tactics and Civil Disturbance Management of the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office were deployed in Spirla.
Senior Insp. Felix Cleopas III, chief of LPS 3, said the clearing operation was peaceful. (FMG)