City hall clears Barangay Busay sidewalks of encroachments, canopies
CEBU CITY, Philippines — In line with Mayor Michael Rama’s goal of having Cebu City resemble Singapore in terms of becoming a highly developed and efficient city, the Cebu City government continued clearing operations to restore sidewalks being encroached by illegal structure extensions and canopies.
On Tuesday morning, September 20, 2022, a team from the Cebu City Hall conducted clearing operations on the sidewalks of Barangay Busay.
The group also included personnel from the Cebu City Transportation Office, Cebu City Prevention Restoration Beautification and Enhancement (PROBE) team, Cebu City Police Office, and the Department of Public Works and Highways-Cebu City District Engineering Office (DPWH-CCDEO).
The subject of the Tuesday morning demolition is the canopies and extensions illegally built by 32 structure owners, who are mostly owners of small enterprises (eateries and sari-sari stores) on the sidewalks of Barangay Busay.
Edwin Muit, of the DPWH-CCDEO, said that after the scheduled demolition in Barangay Busay, other scheduled road encroachment demolitions will also take place in other mountain barangays, like Barangay Tabunan.
“Third notice (demolition notice) na ang among na-issue ani. Kumbaga, final na g’yod,” he said.
(This is the third notice that we issued. In other words, this is the final one.)
“Kay naka-obstruct sa passageway sa atoang kalsada, dayun kung dili man gud nato ni sila kuanon, maghinay hinay g’yod ni sila (extend) paingon sa kalsada na g’yod. Ang atong side walk dili na maagian kay naay mga tinda. At the same time, kung naa po’y mag parking diri, ang manglakaw, muagi na diri sa kalsada kay tungod di na maagian ang side walk,” he added.
(They are obstructing the passageways of our roads and if we don’t remove them, they will slowly reach the roads. Our sidewalks can’t be used anymore because of these stores. At the same time, if there are those who will park their vehicles, those walking will have to use the road because the sidewalks is impassable.)
Anor Yakya, one of the affected structure owners, said he does not have any complains of this action of the government as he understood the goal of the project.
Likewise, Avelina Ibona, said the clearing operation is fine with her as long as its implementation is fair for all the structure owners encroaching the sidewalks.
She also said that she could relate with the sentiment of the government in providing safe sidewalks for the public, as she herself, also suffered sidewalk-related injuries before.
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