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PIA Press Release
2008/11/04

71 demolitions set to clear Davao waterways

By Mai Gevera

Davao City (4 November) -- Seventy-one structures are set to be demolished by the Davao City government after the demolition of Nograles Park in Mini-Forest Boulevard.

Head of the city's drainage system Yusop Jimlani stood firm on his efforts of implementing the said order of clearing the city's waterways from obstructions.

During the Kapihan sa Dabaw yesterday, he said that the government has not violated any laws and that will even push them to continue the demolition efforts in other areas located in the same canal.

Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, in his program Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa, said that the order still stands and that it will excuse no one.

Duterte ordered the clearing of Nograles Park as it is believed to be impeding the flow of floodwaters.

However, Jimlani clarified that it is not just Nograles Park that will be affected by the local government's move. Also, some other 71 structures may be demolished in the future.

"This is a series that is why all the other structures found to be obstructing the waterways will also be cleared," he said.

The former Nograles Park which has been cleared for four days already was found to have 80 cubic meters of trash averaging to 20 cubic meters of wastes daily.

Duterte explained that there must be no reason to worry especially when there is no private person affected by the demolition. The said park was built by the government and that the government also has the right to demolish it for good use.

City Administrator Wendel Avisado claimed that of the 71 structures, only 21 of those are qualified for relocation. This means, that informal settlers living in the listed areas must seek for a new place as the city is really serious in its efforts of clearing those areas.

The said move is the serious answer of the local government to flooding incidents affecting Davao city residents especially when heavy rain pours.

Jimlani is quoted to be really firm on his duty especially in determining which areas need to be cleared. (PIA) [top]

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