By Calvin D. Cordova
Cebu City–The city government of Lapu-Lapu has started tearing down structures that encroach the three-meter easement zone in coastal areas.
About 50 workers from City Hall demolished stilt houses, piggeries, boarding houses and commercial structures in Barangay Ibo.
Mayor Paz Radaza was on hand to oversee the demolition.
Around 30 policemen were deployed at the demolition site to maintain order.
Radaza said that after Ibo, the city will also demolish illegal structures in barangays Poblacion, Pajo, Pusok, Buaya and Mactan.
Those affected by the demolition will not be given a relocation site but qualified settlers will be given financial assistance.
The series of demolitions will affect at least 3,000 people.
Radaza said the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has called the attention of the city because of structures built on the coastlines of Mactan Channel.
“We have to push through with the demolition because these structures were built on danger zone. Our attention was also called because these structures are polluting our coastlines,” said Radaza.