Firm dismantles spillway that contributed to flooding in Inayawan

A PRIVATE firm has decided to demolish the spillway it constructed at the mouth of the Bulacao River in Barangay Inayawan, Cebu City.

Vicsal Development Corp. (VDC) decided to dismantle the spillway after it was informed that the structure was one of the reasons the river overflowed and flooded portions of the barangay during downpours, said Gerry Carillo, co-chairman of Cebu City’s Task Force Gubat sa Baha.

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Aside from demolishing the spillway, personnel from VDC also deepened and widened the waterway.

Carillo pointed this out after he discovered the “illegal” reclamation in the area when his team went there to inspect as part of the City’s “gubat sa baha (war on flooding)” program and found no mangroves in the 20-hectare property earlier in October 2022.

VDC, in a clarification letter, had told him that it only owned five hectares of the land while the remaining 15 hectares were owned by Danny Lua, founder and owner of Philippine Spring Water Resources Inc.

Carillo, on Thursday, Oct. 27, said Mayor Michael Rama has yet to issue a cease and desist order against VDC and Lua.

He also said VDC and Lua have been called to a meeting at the office of former environment secretary Roy Cimatu at City Hall on Friday, Oct. 28.

The former councilor from the south district also said the mayor, through Cimatu, wants to meet with owners of establishments that encroach on the three-meter easement of the city’s major waterways. (PAC / PJB)