MORE than 100 families that left their riverside homes in four barangays in Cebu City received financial assistance from the Department of Public Works and Highways 7 on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020.
The informal settlers left the area in line with Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella’s aim to remove illegal structures within the three-meter easement zone of rivers and waterways.
Cebu City Councilor Jerry Guardo, chairman of the committee on infrastructure, gave the breakdown of those who had received the assistance as 22 informal settler families from Barangay Tejero, 48 from Barangay Tinago, 20 from Barangay Pasil and 18 from Barangay Mambaling.
Present at the distribution was Cebu City Vice Mayor Michael Rama.
The financial assistance came from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), but it was coursed through the Cebu City Government.
The DPWH wanted the informal settlers out so it could proceed with its flood control project in the area.
Earlier, the DPWH 7 had said that its river improvement project covering waterways in six barangays in Cebu City had been delayed due to the presence of at least 700 families living along the riverbanks. / PR