130 illegal structures dismantled in Davao River

Public Safety and Security Command Center (PSSCC) Angel Sumagaysay
Public Safety and Security Command Center (PSSCC) Chief Retired Police Colonel Angel Sumagaysay. (NF Photo)

DAVAO CITY – The Davao City’s Public Safety and Security Command Center (PSSCC) flattened up to 130 illegal structures on the dike along the Davao in Barangay 76-A, Bucana, this city during its clearing operations on Saturday (April 24).

PSSCC head, Angel Sumagaysay saidthere is a need to destroy the structures to protect the river dikes, particularly in the Davao River.

Authorities have spotted several structures that were illegally constructed by residents over the river dike. These structures are extensions of their homes such as kitchen, comfort room, living area and the like.

“We have to dismantle it because we have to protect our dikes. We should maintain the integrity of the dikes because if we put structures on top of it, the tendency is that it will be damaged,” Sumagaysay said.

He further said the demolition of the illegal structures will also protect the residents from the impact of floods especially during the rainy season.

According to Sumagaysay the residents have been cooperating well in the city’s clearing operation.

The PSSCC’s Davao River Patrol Group has also distributed food packs from the City Mayor’s Office to the residents who have voluntarily left their homes to pave the way for the demolition.

The PSSCC has also conducted clearing operations in Talomo, Toril, Bunawan and Panacan areas where dwellings and extensions are constructed on top of creeks and dikes.

Sumagaysay has reminded riverside residents that it is illegal to inhabit river dikes and advised them to voluntarily dismantle their structures ahead of tagging them for possible violations.

“The dike is for the river, it should not be inhabited by people and build structures on top of it,” Sumagaysay stressed.