80 houses demolished in Lahug
Cebu City, Philippines – At least 80 illegal structures encroaching on the six-meter road in Sitio (district) Kamagong, Barangay (village) Lahug, Cebu City were demolished by the Special Prevention, Encroachment and Elimination Division (SPEED) last week.
Federico Mercado, chief of SPEED-Cebu City, said some house owners tried to resist but later agreed to the demolition after they were told that only portions of their houses would be affected.
Mercado said most of the houses encroached on at least two meters of the six-meter road.
For fear that the demolition would be done haphazardly, the owners themselves volunteered to destroy parts of their homes.
The city government did not give compensation to the affected families. /Correspondent Chris A. Ligan