Demolition a 'difficult job'

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Friday, March 7, 2014

THERE is no joy in demolitions, even for the 200-man team tasked to carry out the court-ordered demolition of 157 houses in Sitio San Miguel, Barangay Apas, Cebu City.

They are considered villains in every demolition but they said it pains them to see families lose their homes.

Nelson Estaño, 31, a resident of Barangay Luz, said it is his first time to take part in a demolition and he cannot help but get emotional.


“Kada panangtang namo masakitan ko para sa mga pamilya. Bug-at kaayo sa akong kasing-kasing ang mangguba (I pity the families. We go about the demolition with a heavy heart),” he said, in an interview yesterday.

Demolition in Barangay Apas, Cebu City, Philippines
CEBU. Viewed as villains, some members of the demolition team say they sympathize with families who lost their homes, but they need the money. (Alan Tangcawan)


Estaño said his house was also the subject of an ejectment case. He is thankful that the demolition did not push through.

He said he became a member of the demolition team because he needed a job. A neighbor invited him to join the team.

“Tambay ra man ko, unya kailangan ko’g kwarta mao niapil na lang ko (I don’t have a job and I needed the money so I joined),” he said.

He said those in the demolition team are just following orders. “Trabaho ra man ning amoa. Way personalan (It’s just a job, nothing personal),” he said.

Arthur Boles, 50, agreed. “Lisud mang-demolish uy. Pobre sad baya mi mao nang kabalo mi sa ilang gibati (It’s difficult to demolish houses. We are also poor so we know how they feel),” he said.

Like Estaño, Boles said he needs the job so he can feed his family.

Both men declined to reveal how much they are paid to carry out the demolition. But their group leader, Aries Nacar, said each demolition team member receives at least P300 from the property owner. (Sun.Star Cebu)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 07, 2014.

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