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Cordova cottage operators, owners to get P10K, Sugbo Negosyo cards

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The Cebu Provincial Government will provide P10,000 in financial assistance to operators and owners of fixed and floating cottages in Cordova affected by Governor Gwendolyn Garcia’s demolition order.

Garcia issued an ultimatum, giving them until October 4 to demolish their structures, during the second stakeholders’ meeting last Tuesday.

On September 21, the governor signed Executive Order No. 36, “ordering the demolition or removal of illegal structures, such as floating and fixed cottages, within the coastal waters of the Municipality of Cordova.” (https://bit.ly/3xBTpST)

The provincial government will provide cash assistance to 73 owners of floating cottages, 54 owners of fixed cottages, and 16 owners of stores in the port area of Bantayan Bay in Barangay Poblacion.

Another 147 banca operators whose livelihoods will be impacted by the order will each receive P5,000 from the Municipality.

Owners who willingly demolish their cottages or stalls will also receive P10,000 in Sugbo Negosyo Cards.

The Municipality will also give cottage owners and boat owners financial help in the amount of P5,000 each, and all impacted parties will get a bag of rice in exchange (P2,000).

Following a water quality survey in August that revealed excessive fecal coliform levels close to these facilities, Garcia issued EO Nos. 19 and 25 temporarily suspending the operation of fixed and floating cottages in the town.

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