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PIA Press Release
2009/06/23

DENR-7 issues landslide threat advisory to Cebu City mountain barangays

Cebu City (23 June) -- The Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-7) - Central Visayas issued a landslide threat advisory to landslide-prone barangays in Cebu City so they could map out disaster preparedness plans especially with the rainy season setting in with the possibility of rain-induced landslides occurring.

DENR-7-Mines and Geoscience Bureau (MGB) Regional Executive Director said 15 of the 26 mountain barangays in Cebu City covered by the rapid geohazard assessment have high susceptibility to landslides while eight of them are moderately susceptible and three have low landslides susceptibility.

The 15 mountain barangays that received a rating of high susceptibility to landslides are Lusaran, Binaliw, Guba, Budlaan, Malubog, Buot-Taup, Sirao, Taptap, Tagbao, Tabunan, Pung-ol Sibugay, Sudlon II, Sudlon I and Sinsin.

The eight barangays moderately susceptible to landslides are Mabini, Paril, Cambinocot, Bacayan, Pulang Bato, Agsungot, Babag and San Jose, this is learned.

Barangays Talamban, Pit-os, and Bonbon have low landslide susceptibility, according to the DENR-MGB 7 geohazard assessment report.

De Dios said "the information on the results of the rapid geohazard assessment would be useful to authorities responsible for physical framework and land use planning, land use classification and allocation by local government units, project development and disaster preparedness, management and mitigation."

The Geohazard Mapping and Assessment is one of the priority programs of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who has mandated the DENR to come up with a Geohazard Mapping Program after the tragic massive landslide incident in the village of Guinsaugon, St. Bernard, Southern Leyte, that claimed more than 1,100 lives, of which 972 persons are declared missing. The tragedy was triggered by two weeks of continuous rainfall and earthquake.

The rapid field assessment focused on barangays in Cebu City that are situated in foot slopes, mid-slopes and mountain ridges.

De Dios cited floods and flash floods, landslides which may be rain-induced and earthquake-related as examples of geological phenomena that can produce geohazards.

"Officials of these barangays were given information, education and communication materials to generate people's awareness of the threats posed by such geologic hazards," De Dios added.

The landslide advisory also contained corresponding recommendations particular to the barangay, De Dios claimed. (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]

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