Informal settlers, structures on river delay flood control projects implementation

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INFORMAL settlers and structures owned by some individuals hampered the speedy implementation of the government's multi-million flood control projects in Cebu City.

Councilor Jerry Guardo, chairman of the committee on infrastructure, said Tuesday, June 21, 2022, that the National Government, through the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), has allocated at least P450 million for revetment and dredging works in the city's different rivers.

According to Guardo, phase one of the project was already completed with a total cost of around P100 million.

The contractors are now ready to proceed with the second phase, but some structures have encroached in the three-meter easement of the river, said Guardo.

The councilor added that the City Government is offering the informal settlers and those who own structures in the area P35,000 to leave, or be relocated to the city's medium-rise buildings in Barangay Lorega-San Miguel.

Guardo said there are about 40 structure owners who will be affected by the projects but most of them have agreed to accept the cash to leave the premises.

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