JAGNA, Bohol – Mayor Fortunato Abrenilla of this progressive port town stood pat on his decision to clear the shanties mushrooming along the riverbank nearby public market, a stone-throw away from the pier. He said in exclusive interview that his administration did it with the consultation of the affected families after ample time given for them to be relocated for good. He argued that “wala pahawaa, pero gilugar.” (The familes affected were not driven out but given space).
And the municipal government had prepared for the relocation site for the families who wanted to settle there but some decided to find their own space, the former NEDA director said.
As this town is growing, the mayor said the cleared space at riverbank is needed for additional pedestrian lanes and parking spaces for vehicles.
The dicision to dismantle make-shift tiendas in the esteros is somewhat political will to do away with shanties that had become “eyesores,” the mayor pointed out.
In doing the glade, Abrenilla said that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), which puts waterways or esteros under its jurisdiction, had earmarked some Php3 million this year for the rivebank riprap works.
Meanwhile, Abrenilla expressed his elation when the three-day First Calamay Festival was successful held at the town plaza last week.
“The prospect is encouraging,” considering the active participation and response of the different sectors directly or indirectly involved in the calamay industry, he said.
He pinned high hopes that this would be going smoothly in the years to come even as he expressed his sincere gratitude to all those who labor for the meaningful and success of the festival. (rvo)