THE Cebu City Government has initiated the demolition of illegal structures in Sitio Pundok, Brgy. Basak-Pardo after they were found to be the cause of flooding whenever heavy rains hit the area.
Cebu City Councilor Jerry Guardo, who chairs the City Council’s committee on infrastructure, was tasked by Mayor Edgardo Labella to implement the demolition to help solve the long-standing flooding problem in the sitio.
Guardo told reporters that a portion of the house of Jenny Cuestas, a resident in the area, reportedly encroaches on the sitio’s natural waterway, which caused the flooding.
Guardo said he immediately coordinated with Cuestas, who agreed to have a portion of her house demolished to make way for an outfall of the floodwater.
Cuestas even told Guardo that she also felt the problem of her fellow sitio residents as her house was often flooded whenever it rained.
She said she wanted to remove a portion of her house that would have helped in clearing the floodwater but she had no financial means to hire people who can.
On Aug. 19, 2020, personnel from the City’s Prevention, Restoration, Order, Beautification Enhancement (Probe) and the Department of Engineering and Public Works (DEPW) came to the area and started demolishing the concrete structures to help in removing the floodwater that has affected the sitio.
Aside from a portion of Cuesta’s house, the City personnel also demolished a portion of the house of a certain Edwin Fernandez as it was also blocking the waterway in the sitio.
Residents in the sitio imposed no objection to removing those structures as it will also help clear flooding in the area. (PAC / JKV)