Demolition to lessen prostitution, illegal acts in Kamagayan

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Thursday, September 4, 2014


THE clearing operation and construction of a high-rise building in the village of Kamagayan, Cebu City will lessen the problems on drugs and prostitution in the area, an official said.

Village councilor Mansueto Avila said most of the residents in Kamagayan, including students, have been complaining of how some people link them to the illegal activities because they are living in the area.

Avila said it is time to change the generalization of the public that puts the village in a bad light.

On August 18, the City Government started the demolition of more than 100 structures in Kamagayan to give way to its project to build a condominium-like building for City Hall employees and urban poor beneficiaries.

The City Council ordered a 20-day suspension on the demolition last August 28, but the village continued the clearing operation, which is set to finish on Friday, September 5.

Mayor Michael Rama said “that (resolution) is just a request; it can be granted or not. As early as 2010, there was already a plan to bring in a new dimension in Kamagayan.”

Avila said they are working double time to start the reblocking of at least 200 affected families, who are currently staying in tents.

Phase one will be the demolition of the illegal structures, erect the building, and pave the road.

The new Kamagayan Barangay Hall will stand at the CitiCenter Complex, as the current one will also be demolished to have the area used as an access road from Don Pedro Cui and RR Landon to Sanciangko St.

Phases two to four will be the construction of three other buildings for the socialized housing with commercial strips. (Edwin Joseph Castañeda/Nera Mariz Puyo/Sunnex)

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