Developers hint at billions worth of investments in Lot 937

THE demolition of houses in Lot 937 in Sitio San Miguel, Barangay Apas, Cebu City can no longer be stopped, as developers hinted at billions of pesos worth of investments that can generate thousands of jobs once the area is developed.

But homeowners are not planning to give up the fight easily as they insisted that the legal battle for the ownership of the property is still pending before the Supreme Court.

A representative of the land claimant and officers of the Archangels Residence Mergence Inc. (Armi) met during a news forum Tuesday, November 8, 2022, at the Waterfront Hotel in Barangay Lahug.

Armi vice president Anne Martel said that since the start of the demolition on November 3, around 60 houses have already been destroyed by the clearing team.

However, no definite plan for the relocation site or other assistance has been given by the City Government.

“Immediate concern naman gyud ni, naa na ang demolition. Ang amoa lang ang City Government (mo hatag og) relocation... ang City mag seryoso sila sa giingon nila nga tagaan og relocation ang mga tao nga naa sa Lot 937,” said Martel.

(This is an immediate concern, as the demolition has already been implemented. What we want is for the City Government to give us a relocation site...The City must be serious with their promise to provide relocation for people affected.)

Edgar Erice, representative of the lot claimant Macy’s Capital Inc., said nothing can stop the demolition, especially that the residents' request for a temporary restraining order (TRO) has been denied several times already.

Erice said they will meet with Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia to finalize the proposed 8,000-square-meter property that will be used as a relocation site for the affected families. (IRT)