Cebu Governor Hilario P. Davide confirmed he wanted to clear the Department of Agriculture compound in Barangay Guadalupe, Cebu City.
The governor, however, clarified that there was no notice to vacate issued to the occupants yet but only a verbal demand.
“I have not signed any notice to vacate but I asked Loy Madrigal to check on the area,” said the governor in a press conference at the Capitol last May 28.
Loy Madrigal is the head of Capitol’s Squatting Prevention and Demolition Division. Madrigal’s group visited the area last May 26.
The Capitol received reports that there are 63 families identified as informal settlers in the area. In addition, some families allegedly live in the area’s 11 vacant buildings.
Davide said the informal settlers have to leave because the Capitol will use the area for its technical-vocational program. Some portions of the lot were donated to the Court of Appeals. There is also a pending case involving the ownership of the lots.
In the meantime, the governor added that he wanted to meet the occupants in the compound through Provincial Legal Officer Atty. Orvi Ortega.