Cimatu: Writ of kalikasan to accelerate Cebu City’s campaign vs flooding

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THE petition for the issuance of a writ of kalikasan before the Supreme Court (SC) will accelerate the campaign of the Cebu City Government against flooding, said former environment secretary Roy Cimatu.

Cimatu, who is now leading the City Government’s task force “Gubat sa Baha,” said the same measure was also used during the national government’s campaign to rehabilitate and improve the status of Manila Bay.

The City Government on Friday, September 16, 2022, demolished a concrete wall of a property owned by the Cebu Port Authority that has impeded the outflow of the Lahug-Kamputhaw-Tejero River.

According to Cimatu, it is necessary to remove the structure to give way for heavy equipment that will be used in the dredging operations.

“It is really necessary to open this to remove the dirt. That is really the intention because the moment that this will be successful, the flow of water will be continuous,” Cimatu said in Tagalog.

Meanwhile, Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council chairman Gerardo Carillo said he will seek the help of Councilor Joel Garganera for the crafting of the petition.

Carillo said Garganera was able to file a writ of kalikasan way back in 2016 when the latter asked the court to suspend the operation of the Inayawan landfill.

“We had a meeting and he (Garganera) will be supporting us in the drafting because according to him, daghan kaayo ni og technicalities ang writ of kalikasan,” Carillo added. (IRT)