THE Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CCDRRMC) recommended the relocation of 70 families living in Sitio Dumping Site in Barangay Inayawan, Cebu City
According to the risk assessment conducted last March by the CCDRRMC in the sitio, which is located adjacent to the closed 15.4-hectare Inayawan Sanitary Landfill, the lives of these families are at risk.
Inayawan Barangay Captain Lotlot Ignacio-Soon earlier sought the City Government's help in relocating 20 families living in the sitio, whom she observed were at risk because of the mountains of garbage nearby.
But CCDRRMC research and plan head Harold Alcontin said more families should be relocated to safety.
Alcontin, in an interview yesterday, said that the 20 families recommended for relocation by Soon are within five to 15 meters from the mountains of garbage.
"Kung mag-landslide didto, mahurot gyud na ilang balay tanan (If there will be a landslide, their houses will be wiped out)," he said.
The 50 other families recommended by the CCDRRMC for relocation live 20 to 30 meters from the landfill. While they will not be affected in case of a landslide, they are still at risk.
"It's still hazardous in terms of health because of the chemicals coming from the landfill," he said.
Aside from the garbage problem, Alcontin said that the 70 families are also in a flood-prone community, which bolsters the recommendation to relocate them.
"If there is a storm surge, even it it’s just one meter, they will be wiped out,” Alcontin also said.
Alcontin said the risk assessment report will be submitted to CCDRRMC presiding officer Councilor Dave Tumulak.
The councilor, in a separate interview yesterday, said that the CCDRRMC will push for the relocation of the families to the City's existing relocation site or socialized housing area in Inayawan.
"If we will buy, it will take time. But I think the barangay still has some lots in its socialized housing area,” said Tumulak.
Soon earlier said the barangay is planning to relocate the families to the 2.1-hectare property owned by Ana Abangan.
However, the property is subject of a land dispute, which the City Legal Office will review.
The residents in Sitio Dumping Site yesterday said they are willing to relocate as long as the City will help.
Sonia Martinez, 48, said that aside from providing them a relocation site, they should be given financial assistance by the City so it would be easier for them to transfer.
"Di bya lalim mag-hakot ka sa balay. Kailangan pa ka mobayad sa panday. Ang among balay di biya kanang tagpiso-piso lang pagtukod (It’s not easy to haul your things. We also have to pay the carpenter. Our house is not cheap),” she said.
Martinez said her family has been living in the area for 25 years.
Another resident who requested anonymity, said she would cooperate in the planned relocation as long as they will still be in the coastal area to continue their livelihood.
"Ang akong papa mananagat biya. If mamalhin mi, dapat kanang naay dagat gihapon (My father is a fisherman. If we will be relocated, the place should be by the sea)," she said.
Pomposa Siasol, 50, for her part, welcomed the recommendation saying that when the sea level rises, the community experiences knee to waist-deep water.
However, Siasol is worried that families cannot raise pigs in their relocation site.
"Nindot man unta magbuhi ug baboy diri kay way mangreklamo nga baho ba (It’s okay to raise pigs here because no one complains of the smell)," she said.
The residents acknowledge though that the lots they are occupying are not theirs and that relocation is inevitable.