Squatter Demolition in Tagbilaran City

Despite the repeated call made by the provincial government for the squatters to relocate outside their illegally occupied government lot in Purok 6, New Capitol Site Cogon District, this city, the settlers have made no action. Still they continue to occupy the said place undermining the memorandum of agreement which they have signed during previous administrations to evacuate the place whenever it is used for government purposes.

In relation with this, DepEd Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Elpidio Jala vowed to now go ahead with the construction of the new DepEd building on the site.

The demolition of houses owned by the squatters will start tomorrow.

Jala said that the governor has already instructed him to pursue the demolition so he will act on this immediately due to the urgency of the project.

"The project must be started now. The P5-million pesos funds coming from the coffer in Congress will go back to general funds (GAA) if it will not be utilized. Before the year ends," Jala added.

Earlier, the province has allocated funds, amounting to P5,000 to be given per household as a financial assistance for them to evacuate but still they refused to evacuate.