3,000 families in disaster-prone areas in Talisay

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Sunday, July 6, 2014


THE Talisay City Government said more than 3,000 families are now living in flood- and landslide- prone zones in the city.

With a typhoon slowly approaching the country, Talisay City officials continue to persuade about 18,950 individuals in some of the city’s geohazard areas to relocate to safer ground.

Vince Monterde, Talisay City public information and local disaster risk reduction and management (LDRMM) officer, said a recent survey found 3, 790 families in areas identified by Mines and Geosciences (MGB) Central Visayas prone to floods and landslides.

Monterde said the survey, which concluded last week, was meant to identify barangays that are vulnerable to calamities.

They used the MGB’s 2013 geohazard mapping assessment as basis for their survey.

Risk areas

The MGB 7’s geohazard assessment identifies Barangays Biasong, Bulacao Camp 4, Candulawan, Cansojong Dumlog, Jaclupan, Lagtang, Lawaan II, Lawaan III, Linao, Pooc, San Isidro, San Roque and Tabunok as flood-prone.

While areas identified as landslide prone are Sitio Kabanayan in Barangay Bulacao; Sitio Camp 5 in Barangay Camp 4; Sitios Little Bamboo and Zone 1 in Barangay Candulawan; Camp 2 of Jaclupan; Sitios Tigib, Burlas, Sta. Catalina and Iba in Barangay Lagtang; Sitios Canduldulan and Candicay in Barangay Lawaan III; Sitios Sajavhoa, Sta. Maria Heights of Maghaway; Camp 5 and Proper Nagoyon in Barangay Manipis; Sitio Pang-pang in Barangay San Isidro and Sitios Campo and Purok 7 in Barangay Tapul.

Relocation

Monterde said that even before Typhoon Yolanda last year, the Talisay City Government set aside relocation sites for settlers in calamity-prone areas.

But the City admits having difficulty implementing immediate evacuation and relocation because some residents refuse to leave their homes or accept the free aid, but would suddenly return to their homes.

Two relocation sites were identified in Barangays Dumlog and in Maghaway that was considered prone to landslide and flooding.

Monterde said the city is also considering buying more properties that would serve as relocation sites for calamity affected families.

He admitted that they have encountered problems convincing families to relocate to safer ground.

With Typhoon Florita, the City is confronted with the same problem of resistance by some families.

Evacuation

For now, the City is focusing its efforts in giving temporary evacuation shelters in cases of typhoons.

Monterde said Talisay City Mayor Johnny V. De los Reyes ordered the department heads in the City Hall and barangays to set precautionary measures to counter Florita’s arrival.

The city mayor also ordered the City Social Welfare Office to prepare food packs in case of an evacuation.

The City also has an agreement with the City Schools Division Office for it to use public schools as possible evacuation centers.

Monterde said that with the results of their recent survey, the City plans to reactivate the Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (BDRRMC) in each barangays to ensure that each villages will be active in terms of planning their own DRRM plans.

The results of the flood and landslide assessment and mapping will serve as guide for barangay and city officials on how to implement development programs and projects.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 07, 2014.

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