CCDRRMC to resume issuing demolition notices to owners of structures within 3-meter easement zones

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PERSONNEL of the Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CCDRRMC) and the Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CCDRRMO) will continue to distribute notices of demolition to owners of structures that encroach on the three-meter easement of waterways in the city.

CCDRRMC chairman Gerry Carillo, who was tasked by Mayor Michael Rama to implement the clearing of three-easement zones, said he had temporarily halted the issuance of notices when former environment secretary Roy Cimatu formally assumed as chairman of Task Force Gubat sa Baha (War on Flood).

However, he said the mayor ordered him to continue informing affected owners to voluntarily remove their structures or have these demolished by the City Government.

Carillo said they have so far issued 2,000 notices, but there are 14,009 structures that violate the legal easement.

“The mayor wants Secretary Cimatu to lead the battle against floods while I lead the battle against three-meter easement violators. So I will continue meeting owners of illegal structures. We will go ahead and serve notices to violators of the three-meter easement,” he said in a mix of Cebuano and English.

Carillo said they are also working with owners of business establishments located along the waterways to determine where the three-meter easement starts and ends and to find out if they are violating the law.

The former Cebu City councilor said affected owners will receive financial assistance amounting to P34,000 from the Department of Public Works and Highways.

He said the budget was already downloaded to the City Government.

He said affected owners will need to coordinate with the Division on the Welfare of the Urban Poor to claim the financial assistance.

He said the office of City Councilor Jerry Guardo will help process the documents of those living in the north district, while the office of City Councilor Dondon Hontiveros will take care of those living in the south district.

Meanwhile, CCDRRMO head Raquel Bohol-Arce said the priorities in their clearing operation are those along the Kinalumsan River from Barangay Mambaling to Barangay C. Padilla where 95 percent of the illegal structures have already been demolished.

She said they’ve only cleared 20 percent of the river’s stretch in Barangay Duljo-Fatima.

Arce said they target to clear all illegal structures along the city’s waterways, including those along the Lahug River, Bulacao River, Estero Parian, Butuanon River and Guadalupe River, among others. (PAC/PJB)