Vicsal ‘deepened, widened’ mouth of Bulacao River in Inayawan

AFTER it destroyed the spillway, Vicsal Development Corporation (VDC) deepened and widened the waterway that connects to the sea in Barangay Inayawan, Cebu City.

This was what Gerry Carillo, co-chairman of the Task Force Gubat sa Baha, said on Thursday, October 27, 2022.

Carillo discovered the “illegal” reclamation in the area when his team went there to inspect as part of the City’s “gubat sa baha” program on October 17 and found no mangroves in the 20-hectare property.

He had pointed out that the reclamation was one of the reasons the Bulacao River would overflow during heavy downpours and flood the barangay due to the spillway and the reduction of the water flow.

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

Meanwhile, Carillo said Mayor Michael Rama has yet to issue a cease and desist order against VDC and Lua.

He also said that VDC and Lua have been called to a meeting at the office of former environment secretary Roy Cimatu at City Hall on Friday, October 28. (PAC/PJB)