Mahiga demolition postponed

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THE informal settlers living inside 22 shanties along Mahiga Creek in Barangay Subangdaku, Mandaue City will still have roofs over their heads on Christmas Day.

This, after the city government’s Housing Urban and Development Office (Hudo) postponed its demolition of the shanties that violate the three-meter easement.

Hudo demolition team leader Cesar Ylanan said his team had scheduled the destruction on Dec. 18, 2020. The operation got stalled by Tropical Depression Vicky, which affected parts of southern Philippines.

The demolition team decided not to push through in the spirit of Christmas season.

The Hudo organizing team has started coordinating with the informal settlers for their relocation in Barangay Opao.

January destruction

Ylanan said the Hudo will continue its demolition in January after New Year’s Day.

The Hudo demolition team has been clearing the Mandaue City’s side of Mahiga Creek from illegal structures since 2014. The problem, said Ylanan, the informal settlers keep on coming back.

The City plans to build a baywalk in the area, and the project cannot start if the informal settlers are still around, said Ylanan.

The planned baywalk is one of the City’s beautification projects.

A police substation is also planned to rise in the area. (KFD)