The problem of informal settlers in no-build zones actually start by the construction of a single simple structure. And with the recent opening of the Cagayan de Oro Coastal Road, it became more evident that the same problem will recur again.

As shown below (screenshots), structures are observed in some areas along the stretch of the Coastal Road. These were already present during the construction phase. Obviously these don’t have construction or building permits.

You can see wooden ramps presumably for fishermen as well as makeshift houses.

The number of these structures seem to be still manageable at the moment but with the coast now accessible to the public, the probability of illegal coastal communities mushrooming is higher if the government especially the barangay do nothing to prevent it.

Is the government helpless? Or is it just turning a blind eye on the matter?

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