MGB: Mabalacat, Porac susceptible to landslide

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Despite no recorded landslides in the City of Mabalacat and Porac town, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources' Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) in Central Luzon insisted that the two areas are "still susceptible to landslides."

On Tuesday, officials and stakeholders from Mabalacat City raised howlers and asked the MGB to clarify its statements regarding the city's being prone to landslides, as it is not "hilly or mountainous" and far from the Sierra Madre Mountain Ranges, as MGB Supervising Geologist Clarissa Villanueva disclosed a recent briefing where she noted that landslides may occur in the two areas if heavy rains fall continuously or for a prolonged period of time.

MGB-3 Chief Noel Lacadin explained that the two localities "are still vulnerable to avalanches due to their mountain range terrains like the Sierra Madre which may collapse in times of continuous heavy rains."

"Hindi yung patag yung may landslide. Lahat ng mga bulubundukin dyan may susceptibility to landslides. So kahit wala pang incident ng landslide sa Porac and Mabalacat, the chance is still there kaya kasama sa listahan," he said.

Lacadin, however, clarified that the only "active" landslide-prone area in the province is Barangay San Juan Baño in Arayat after it recorded a landslide in 2009 during the onslaught of Tropical Storm "Ondoy" which killed twelve people.

The MGB has already urged the local government unit of Arayat to declare the village as a "no habitation, no build-up" area to avoid repetition of the untoward incident.

"We do not want to cause panic on the localities mentioned, but rather to provide information and warning to people to be ready in times of disaster," Lacadin stressed.
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