30% of Region XI barangays landslide prone - MGB
by JD Abangan
By Jean Duron-Abangan
Davao City (11 February) -- Almost 30 percent of the 1,161 barangays in the Davao Region are prone to mass movement as covered under the National Geo-hazard Mapping Program.
Data released by the Mines and Geo-science Bureau (MGB) XI showed that 101 barangays in Davao Oriental have been identified as susceptible to mass movements; 113 in Compostela Valley; 29 in Davao del Norte and 85 in Davao del Sur.
All municipalities of Davao Oriental have barangays prone to mass movement. Except for Laak, all other municipalities of Compostela Valley have barangays falling under the threat of the same danger.
Davao del Norte only has four municipalities with barangay at risk of mass movement while Davao del Sur has six.
In a press release last month, MGB Regional Director Edilberto L. Arreza referred mass movement as landslides.
In this era of unprecedented climate changes, MBG is alerting the people living in areas prone to landslides and flashfloods.
Arreza advised them to be vigilant and be prepared to take immediate action while constantly monitoring signs of mass movement and flashfloods "to avoid loss of lives and properties."
Arreza bared some signs of landslides included saturated grounds, tilted structures and trees in sloping areas, increase or decrease in water levels, and presence of tension cracks in roads.
MGB has already issued advisory to concerned LGUs known to have high risk barangays, prone to landslides and flashfloods and has urged them to take risk management strategy and preparedness measures.
MGB has emphasized the need for LGUs with landslide-prone barangays to put up early warning device; identify evacuation sites where people can be moved into in cases imminent danger comes; and to establish communication system so they can constantly get in touch with with disaster-related agencies. (PIA XI) [top]