Councilor seeks removal of structures along coastal road-A A +A
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
A CITY councilor has questioned the existence of 16 structures along the coastal road of Barangay Lapasan, which were reportedly inhabited by the families of fishermen.
City Councilor President Elipe said the area is prone to danger during calamities.
Elipe is pushing for an inspection in the area, noting that this should only be used as parking space for small boats or “bangka.”
“I want the structures removed. If people in the area will be hit by calamities, the blame would be put on the City Government for not taking necessary action,” he said.
However, Lapasan village chief Omar Labuntog said Elipe should have first conducted a thorough inspection of the coastal area before making any statement.
“The problem with them is that they are too lazy to inspect the area. What they have seen through their naked eyes was already enough for them to justify their accusations. They didn’t even bother to verify it from me,” Labuntog said.
He admitted the presence of structures along the coastal road. But he clarified these are just used as temporary shelters for fishermen before venturing into the sea. He also said these are used to keep their boats.
Last year, Representative Rufus B. Rodriguez (2nd District, Cagayan de Oro) allocated P200 million for the continuation of the coastal road project, which started four years ago.
However, Labuntog aired out his concern on the project.
“The problem with some officials is that during the construction of the coastal road, the fishermen were not consulted and were deprived of their livelihood,” he said.
He claimed that the coastal road became a hassle on the fishermen as they were not provided with a space to rest and keep their boats.
“If the City Council wanted the structures to be removed, by all means they can do what they want. But they must first provide the fishermen with other means of livelihood,” Labuntog said.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on September 05, 2012.