3-meter easement: Structure owners in Cebu City do not oppose demolition

OWNERS of establishments and households are not against the Cebu City Government’s move to demolish part of their structures that encroach on the three-meter easement of waterways.

Gerardo Carillo, Task Force Gubat sa Baha co-chairman, said on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, that the owners of five structures along the Bulacao-Inayawan rivers are willing to move back to clear the three-meter easement.

Among those that will be affected are a slaughterhouse, a cockpit and a private school, he said.

He said the Vicsal Development Corporation already destroyed the spillway that it had built and deepened and widened the waterway that connects to the sea in Barangay Inayawan.

He said the owners of two business establishments along the Lahug-Kamputhaw rivers are waiting for the Department of Engineering and Public Works to submit a design on which part of their structures would be taken down due to “trespassing.”

“We already served the notice and we will check. Ingon man sila (They said) they will allow the City to remove but naghuwat lang sila sa (they’re waiting for the) suggestion as to how they will design it. Di man to problema ang sa (It’s not too much of a problem at the) Mango Park Hotel kay parkinganan ra man to (because only the parking lot will be affected) but ang (the) Lighthouse maigo gyud sila (will be definitely be affected),” Carillo said.

He said they will also send notices to owners of establishments that are built on top of the river in Barangay Mabolo.

He said the task force has already issued around 2,000 notices to owners of structures, mostly homes, which are illegally built within the three-meter easement. (PAC/TPT/PJB)