Cebu City plans to file writ of kalikasan petition to fast-track clearing operations

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IN A BID to revive and restore its seven major rivers that have been declared “dead,” the Cebu City Government mulled the filing of a writ of kalikasan before the Supreme Court (SC).

Lawyer Gerardo Carillo, chairman of City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council told SunStar Cebu on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022, that the City Government has decided to file the “intergeneration suit” to hasten the clearing of illegal structures built within the three-meter easement of waterways.

Carillo said the writ of kalikasan will also compel national agencies to act accordingly and provide programs and projects that will help restore the status of the city’s rivers and tributaries.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Public Works and Highways and the Cebu Port Authority have been named as nominal parties to the petition.

Carillo said the writ will also help the City Government with the clearing of private structures like malls and warehouses along the three-meter easement.

In a Sept. 26, 2021 decision, the SC said “a writ of kalikasan is aimed to provide a stronger protection of environmental rights in order to accord an effective and speedy remedy where the constitutional right to a healthful and balance ecology is violated and address any possible large-scale ecological threats.” (IRT)