Pinaculan folks want on-site relocation

Jaime Navajero, president of Pinaculan Anti-Demolition Association (PADA). BICOLTODAY.COM PHOTO

By Bobot Estropigan Laguna

SORSOGON CITY (BicolToday.com) – Some 400 residents of Pinaculan Island in barangay Bitan-o, this City, led by Jaime Navajero, president of Pinaculan Anti-Demolition Association (PADA) who have earlier expressed apprehension on their possible eviction because of the planned massive eco-tourism development in the area, have appealed to City Mayor Sally Lee to provide them, either an on-site relocation, or a place near the island so as not to be displaced from their main source of living, fishing.

Navajero said they won’t buck down from their demand for a livable place even as they lamented the harassment by a group led by city consultant Jovic Duran who allegedly threatened them with harm, forcibly cut some trees, including one coconut tree.

Said coconut tree was paid P500.00 later by Mr. Duran thru Bantay Dagat Chief Eduardo Laceda who introduced himself, however, as an army man, Navajero added.

Laceda, Navajero continued, even twisted the hand of his son, Gerry Navajero, who was taking pictures of Laceda thru the cellphone.

Laceda wanted those photos deleted, Navajero added.

The residents have since put up a barricade at the main entrance of the island to prevent possible harassments again, despite the assurance made by Mayor Sally Ante-Lee.

Navajero, 64, whose grandfather Gracias “Ayas” Navajero was one of the first settlers in the island, said his father Constancio and all his siblings were born in the 13- hectare island.

Meanwhile, Ramil ‘Doods’ Marianito, who was present at the Mayor’s Office together with City Administrator Marlyn Dimaano and City Consultant Jovic Duran when Navajero’s group went to see Mayor Lee, said that the Mayor told Navajero that only 11 out of the 76 households would be given a relocation as only the 11 would be directly affected by the forthcoming development in the area. Not all would be relocated, Marianito said.

Meanwhile Hermie Fortun, Karapatan Spokesman in Sorsogon, said that pursuant to Section 28 of RA 7229, the Urban Development and Housing Act, no one would be evicted for as long as there is no just and proper relocation.

He also expressed elation at President Duterte’s policy of NO DEMOLITION WITHOUT RELOCATION which was cited on page 2 of Pilipino Star April 21, 2017 issue titled Tiniyak ng Malacañang, No Relocation, No Demolition.

Fortun also expressed his profound thanks to the Presidents’ Pro Poor Policy. [BicolToday.com]

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