AT least 38 structures standing on danger zones were demolished in Sitio Sapa-Sapa, Barangay Ibabao-Estancia in Mandaue City.
A clearing team from the City Housing and Urban Development Office (Hudo) started last Monday the demolition of the houses located within the three-meter easement on both sides of the Mantuyong Creek.
Tony Pet Juanico, head of Hudo, said the demolition will take a few more days depending on the weather. There was no resistance on the part of the residents and the demolition proceeded peacefully, he said.
Juanico said there were a total of 163 structures in the sitio, but most of them already dismantled their houses after they were given notices of the scheduled demolition.
About 70 percent of the families that own the structures are beneficiaries of the 6.5-hectare relocation site in Barangay Paknaan. Those who do not have a lot at the relocation site were given P10,000 as financial assistance.
“The demolition in the structures is long overdue. Our problem with the families is that they had not transferred to the relocation site because their houses were not yet demolished,” said Juanico.
He said there were families that already moved out, but Hudo learned that their houses in Sapa-sapa were being rented out. Juanico said they were disqualified as beneficiaries of the relocation site.
Most of the families that were given cash assistance are not originally from Mandaue and were just renting in the area.
After Sapa-Sapa, Hudo is set to demolish the 250 structures along the river banks near Cambogaong Bridge by next week. (FMG)
Published in the SunStar Cebu newspaper on September 13, 2017.
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