DENR: 32 sitios in Cebu surge-prone

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

CEBU CITY -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) declared 32 coastal communities in Cebu that are vulnerable to storm surges.

Of the total, 21 are located in Bantayan Island.

DENR regional spokesperson Eddie Llamedo said local government units should undertake immediate relocation of families living within 24 meters of coastline and institutionalize disaster risk management programs at the purok level.

Purok refers to a cluster of households within the barangay.

According to an assessment prepared by the DENR’s Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), six sitios the Municipality of Bantayan in Bantayan Island, Cebu are highly susceptible to storm surge. These Sitios Pooc and Sta. Barbara in Barangay Sillon; and Sitios Mars, Saturn, Uranus and Guinglakgan in Barangay Patao.

In the town of Sta. Fe, 11 sitios in three barangays were found to be highly susceptible to storm surge. These are Sitios Pantalan, Kota, Proper Talisay, Talong, Camote, Okra and Amplaya in Barangay Talisay; Sitio Katamban in Barangay Langub; and Sitios Gumamela, San Francisco and Euphoria in Barangay Kinatarkan.


Also in Sta. Fe, three sitios in two barangays are found to be moderately susceptible to storm surge. These are Sitios Sta. Rosa and San Roque in Barangay Pooc; and Sitio Dolphin in Barangay Langub.

While in the town of Madridejos, three sitios in two barangays were found to have a high chance of getting hit by a storm surge. These are Sitios Batong and Kagwangan in Barangay Tarong and Sitio Baybay in Barangay Kodia.

Eight sitios in four barangays in Madridejos were also found to be moderately susceptible to storm surges. These are Sitios Caltex, Malabon and Pabrika in Barangay Talangnan; Sitios Tabagak and Katipunan in Barangay Tabagak; Sitios Riverside and Florencio in Barangay Malbago and Sitio Proper Maalat in Barangay Maalat.

Bantayan, Sta. Fe and Madridejos are all located in Bantayan Island. Several islets are also under the political jurisdiction of the towns of Bantayan and Sta. Fe.


Some coastal communities in mainland Cebu are also vulnerable to storm surge.

In Talisay City, Sitio Rattan in Barangay Tangke is considered highly susceptible to storm surge, while Sitio Magay in the same barangay has moderate susceptibility.

In the neighboring town of Minglanilla, Sitio St. Jude in Barangay Tungkop was found to be highly susceptible to storm surge. Sitios Nazareth and KSKC in Tungkop and Sitios Bagacay and Villa San Pedro in Barangay Tulay were found to be moderately susceptible to storm surge.

Sitio Cotcotan in Barangay Arpili in the western town Balamban is found to be highly susceptible to storm surge, while Sitios Lower and Upper Riverside Segra in the same barangay are found to be moderately susceptible.

Some parts of Sta. Fe and Bantayan reported experiencing a storm surge when super typhoon Yolanda made landfall in northern Cebu on Nov. 8. (Sun.Star Cebu)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 19, 2013.

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