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24 hours of rain trigger landslides - Pag-asa

By Bong Pedalino

MAASIN CITY (26 September) -- A ranking official of the Philippine Atmospheric Geo-physical Astronomic and Space Administration (PAG-ASA) has divulged that continous pouring rains reaching 150 mililiters level in technical meassurement would be enough to start earth movement, especially in landslide-prone areas of Southern Leyte province.

In layman's terms, the description translates to 24 hours of rain, according to Nilo Prisco, the Deputy Director for operations of PAG-ASA.

Prisco, who confessed he came from Sogod town, shared the information during the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) and ceremonial turn-over of the early warning system held at the RK Kangleon Function House, this city, last week.

Among those who attended the activity were Gov. Damian Mercado and thirteen Mayors or their representatives that included Mayor Pedro Fustanes of Bontoc who is also the President of the Southern Leyte Mayors' League.

Others were Mayor Celsa Estrella of Pintuyan, Mayor Roberto Loquinte of Anahawan, Mayor Manuel Labrador of Silago, Mayor Rico Rentuza of Saint Bernard, Mayor Shirlita Chong of Liloan, Engr. Rainier Cabasisi representing Mayor George Go of Malitbog, Mayor Fe Edillo of Macrohon, Mayor Evelyn Lee of Hinundayan;

Sogod Vice-Mayor Oscar Rio representing Sogod Mayor Sheffered Lino Tan, City Councilor Essie Espina Garvez representing Mayor Maloney Samaco, Mayor Virgilio Mortera of San Juan, and Mayor Virginia Meija of San Ricardo.

Also present were fellow PAG-ASA personnel Susan Villanueva, Salvador Estudillo, Regional Didrector of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), and Atty. Ma. Jane Paredes, Manager for Public Affairs of SMART Communications for Visayas and Mindanao, who handed over some digital and manual rain gauge devices, including a traditional "batingaw", or bell, to signal a sounding alert in the threatened community.

"The success of the early warning system depends on the local government units in case of real threats," Prisco said, adding that Southern Leyte has been considered one of the most-hazard prone provinces in the country.

"You have everything - floods, earthquakes, landslides, typhoons," he added.

He said that with the LGUs' support he hoped the equipment can save lives and properties. (PIA-Southern Leyte) [top]

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