COMMITTEE chairman on public works, Councilor Mylen Yaranon, called on a comprehensive identification of landslide-prone areas in the City of Baguio before any construction of buildings would be allowed.
In the weekly Talakayan sa Environment Code of the Baguio Regreening Movement radio forum, Yaranon said the identification of landslide-prone areas will provide better analysis for building owners on what technical measure should be applied before any construction should take place.
“I think it is time for us to identify the landslide prone areas specially those within the sinkhole areas because the plan of the City Disasters Risk Reduction and Management Council is to place high-tech gadgets which will detect the movement of soil. We also favour the building moratorium for us to fix first our policies and CLUP’s and for us to know what may and what may not be done,” Yaranon said.
Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Cordillera director Faye Apil said the city presently has a 10,000 scale mapping which represents 100 meters for every centimeter indicated in the map.
“We have the landslide susceptibility map of Baguio City but then it is general which is why we want to do it through a clustered Barangay. This is the reason why we are requesting for a barangay map at a 5000 or 2000 scale so that this is where we would start,” Apil said.
MGB seeks to start with the Barangays who are generally found in the critical or highly susceptible by looking at the geo hazard map of the city which will be overlayed to identify which Barangays under this which are critical and highly susceptible to landslides.
“Sometimes, it does not necessarily mean that if the area is identified as low susceptibility, no problem may occur. It sometimes depends on the development of the surroundings which is why we always emphasize that we should look at the development in our surroundings and be alert on what our neighbors are doing because we may be affected by whatever physical development they are undergoing,” the MGB Director pointed out.
“I think we can do that now because we were tasked by the Mayor to already come up with our Comprehensive Land Use Plan and use the maps of the MGB so that we will only have a single language of the maps to come up with a good analysis of our data,” the Lady lawmaker said.
Yaranon added that since there is a clamor for a building moratorium, now is the time for the City and government line agencies involved to study the construction of deep basements of buildings a it would affect not only the stability of the said building but its neighbors as well.