The 26 informal settlers in Purok 34, Taal in Bangkal heeded the call of the request of the Davao City government to voluntarily demolish structures built on the Talomo River embankment, mostly extensions of their houses. 

Public Safety and Security Command Center (PSSCC) Head Angel Sumagaysay said that families living along the riverbank demolished the structures after dialogue was conducted to explain the risks of living along the river dikes.

“It was a peaceful activity and there was no coercion or whatsoever. We just had a talk with the barangay captains and purok leaders and then the day after, they commenced with the self-demolition,” he said. 

A total of 26 settlers have voluntarily demolished their structures which are common extensions of their existing structures that they have made as sala, kitchen, and toilets. 

Sumagaysay also said that the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) will conduct an initial listing of the settlers to be given food assistance. 

The city government has been strongly encouraging families and individuals living along rivers, levees or dikes, and other danger zones to voluntarily dismantle their homes and vacate these areas for their safety, especially during intermittent weather. 

The local government expressed its gratitude for the willingness of the residents to cooperate with the authorities on a matter that involves the safety of their families and the entire community.

“We extend our appreciation and gratitude to all the people, especially the employees of the City Government who live within the proximity of these settlers, who aided in making the settlers understand our intentions and spearheaded the self demolition in these areas which started last Friday and went on through the weekend,” Sumagaysay said. CIO