MGB recommends relocation of two barangays in Sabangan
by Juliet B. Saley
Sabangan, Mt. Province (6 March) -- Some 83 families of barangays Bun-ayan and Bao-angan in this municipality are recommended for relocation as their areas were identified as at risk.
According to Municipal Social Welfare and Development (MSWD) officer Brigette C. Mangay-at, Mines Geosciences Bureau (MGB) representatives who visited the areas certified that the two barangays are indeed hazardous for the residents to continue living there.
Alarmed with this report, the local officials together with the personnel of the MDWD Office conducted consultation meetings with the residents especially the most affected families and they are willing to be relocated.
Mangay-at said the barangay officials identified sitio Dawdawissan, a public /communal land as relocation site.
There are 15 families who opted to be relocated at the identified relocation area, while the other families prefer to be relocated in their own private lots. There are 28 families who chose to be resettled in sitio Todey where their own lots are located, 17 families at sitio Cabogbogan.
Six families chose to be resettled at sitio Padsek, five in sitio Labbay, four in sitio Timangan, three in sitio Pitang, two families each in barangays Camatagan and Bao-angan, and one in barangay Pingad.
Mangay-at said the Core Shelter Assistance Project of the Department of Social Welfare and Development provides financial assistance of P70,000 per family which is used to purchase construction materials as specified. The other families who prefer sporadic resettlement and with less than five families in an area can only avail of the emergency shelter assistance of P10,000. The amount may be augmented by the municipal government.
The core shelter is a four by six square meter house with two bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen and an inside comfort room.
Mangay-at said each family who opted to be resettled at Dawdawissan will be allocated with 80 square meters to give them allowance for expansion in the future. A representative from the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Sabangan shall conduct a survey to have an equal distribution of the lot.
She said the project is expected to start this April to be finished on May before the onset of rainy days. (PIA-MP) [top]