Violators of 3-meter easement in Cebu City told to ‘self-demolish’

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OWNERS of structures that are illegally built within the three-meter easement of Cebu City’s major waterways are told to “self-demolish” by former environment secretary and now city consultant Roy Cimatu.

During a press conference on Thursday, September 15, 2022, Cimatu admitted that the City’s “war against flood” is difficult compared to the previous rehabilitation campaigns he waged in Boracay Island, Marikina River and the Pasig River.

Cimatu, who became secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources during the time of former President Rodrigo Duterte, was tapped by Mayor Michael Rama to lead the City Government’s campaign against flooding.

“Very difficult dito (here)... because the area of Boracay is only a portion of the City of Cebu... ito (here it’s) how many kilometers so mahihirapan (it will be difficult). I cannot really give a timetable,” he said.

The City Government’s bid to revive and restore its major waterways will begin on Saturday, September 17, with a city-wide clean-up.

According to Cimatu, a massive dredging operation will also be conducted on Saturday to improve water flow and mitigate the chances of heavy flooding. (IRT, PJB)