CEBU City Mayor Tomas Osmeña has authorized the increase of financial assistance from P12,000 to P20,000 for the 71 families that will be displaced following the re-blocking in Barangay Duljo-Fatima.

The families, although spared from the blaze that destroyed 531 houses in Duljo-Fatima last year, will be hit by the establishment of several access roads, which is part of the City Government’s subdivision plan in the area.

“We are mandated by law to give disturbance fee to urban poor settlers that will be affected by the City’s developments. We have P1.4 million available to fund the distribution of cash aid,” Division of Welfare for the Urban Poor (DWUP) head Genevieve Alcoseba said.

She explained that the cash aid will be given to homeowners who will voluntarily demolish their houses.

Those who may not have the capability to do so can also avail themselves of the financial aid, provided that they ask assistance from the DWUP.

Should the road opening hit titled lots, the City will also give cash aid to the owners of the property, Alcoseba said.