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Jan. 23, 2018, 10:41 a.m.

THE Davao City Government gave financial assistance to families who chose to voluntarily demolish their houses along the Davao River bank in Barangay 40-D below the Bolton Bridge.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said that riverbank residents in Bankerohan will next to be asked to leave the permanent danger zone.

A total of 143 families were processed and given worth P20,000 financial assistance from the Davao City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO). These were the families in the census tagging conducted by the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) who failed to qualify for a relocation.

Each household who tore down their structures on their own stand to receive P20,000 in financial assistance, which they can use in finding another place to live in.

Only those who voluntarily demolish their structures will receive financial assistance from the city government," said Duterte-Carpio.

She said those who did not voluntarily tear down their structures should not expect any assistance from the City Government.

The City Government gave the barangay residents time to voluntarily demolish their houses and other structures.

"We gave them until the first week of January for voluntary demolition. After it, the City Engineer's Office will decide on the (actual) date of the demolition," she said.

In Monday's press conference, the mayor said they even granted an extension because the demolition order was supposed to be implemented last December 2017.

Duterte-Carpio said they allowed the residents to celebrate Christmas celebration, since they were also waiting for clearance from the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP).

She said those who will not qualify under the City's housing program could also avail themselves of the community mortage program the City Government has been offering.

Under the mortgage program, prospective beneficiaries had to look for areas they can relocate and apply for the loan.


The City Government will pay for the lot and construction of their houses. They would be repaying the loan "slowly."

Duterte-Carpio said Bankerohan will follow after the demolition in Barangay 40-D.

"Bankerohan ang areas musunod na sila kay kadtong areas na identified sa danger zone, hinay-hinayon nato sila ug relocate (Bankerohan areas will follow since they are among the areas identified as danger zone, we will slowly relocate [the residents]," she said.

She added that they have not identified families yet, but once the specific areas are identified, they will be referred to the Davao City Social Services and Development Office and they will be referred to the City Housing for interview, if they are qualified for relocation. After that, the information will be referred to the City Engineer's Office. (With CIO report)



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