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Northern Mindanao LGUs identify relocation sites for flood victims

by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

Cagayan de Oro City (2 February) -- The Local Chief Executives (LCE) of the flood damaged areas in Region 10 have now identified the relocation sites for their flood victims.

"This move of the LCE's is in compliance with President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's directive to designate the relocation sites for the flood victims when she visited the region after the first flooding incident on January 2," Regional Director Carmelito A. Lupo of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), region 10, said.

The tail-end of the cold front in Northern Mindanao prevailed from January 2-15 bringing heavy rains with strong surge of the Northeast Monsoon affecting the seaboards of North and Eastern Mindanao that triggered big waves.

Particularly for Cagayan de Oro City, this weather situation resulted in the concentration of large volumes of water at Pigkutin River in Talakag, Bukidnon that emptied into the Cagayan de Oro River.

Added to it was the early dawn high tide that lasted for almost a week which prevented the River's normal flow towards Macajalar Bay in Misamis Oriental.

Likewise, there was accumulation of water in the uplands of Iligan, Oroquieta and Gingoog Cities which found its way into the lowlands.

Meanwhile, Lupo said Mayor Ruthie Guingona of Gingoog has identified two areas where the perennially flood-affected families will be relocated, one near the shorelines for the fisherfolks and another for the market vendors near the poblacion.

In Cagayan de Oro City, Mayor Constantino Jaraula has identified 63 hectares in Sitio Calaanan, Barangay Canitoan as relocation site while Iligan City Mayor Lawrence Cruz has identified the Kalubihon Resettlement area and the Gawad Kalinga Village, both in Barangay Dalipuga, as relocation sites.

On the other hand, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has provided the technical expertise to the LCEs in evaluating the proposed relocation sites, Lupo also said. (PIA-10) [top]

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