Don’t build structures on drainage canals, CEO warns

THE CITY Engineer’s Office warned businessmen regarding illegal construction and extensions of their buildings along canals and drainage systems.

During the iSpeak media forum held at City Hall conference room yesterday, Engr. Hilario Fernandez, chief of inspection and enforcement of the City Engineers Office, said illegal extension causes clogging and overflowing of the canals which, in turn, lead to flooding.

Fernandez added that violators are given notice to voluntarily demolish the structures. But they are always ready to demolish any construction if homeowners or traders do not comply. The CEO also urged building owners to submit a clearance of occupancy and subject their buildings to annual inspection.

Fernandez also discussed the ongoing project of the clean-up drive and rehabilitation of the drainage systems along flash flood-prone areas.

“We will prioritize first the areas mandated by the Office of the Mayor,” he said, referring to SIR Matina and Matina Aplaya as areas affected by floods.

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