TWO cousins were hurt after they were hit by falling rocks caused by a landslide in Barangay Manipis, Talisay City last Monday night, the second one since the rainy season started two months ago.
Due to landslides in the city’s mountain barangays, Talisay City Mayor Eduardo Gullas plans to talk to the contractor of an ongoing road widening project there about when their earth-moving activities in the area will end.
Manipis Barangay Captain Emma Cabiluna said Lyndon Seldas, 23, was riding his motorcycle with his cousin Aldrin Bacus, 16, on their way to Toledo City from Tabunok that time.
When they passed by Barangay Manipis through the Talisay-Uling Access Road at 10 p.m., the landslide occured.
Bacus sustained major injuries on his left knee while Seldas sustained minor injuries on both legs.
After a resident reported the matter to the barangay, Cabiluna and her tanods went to the area and rescued the two men and had them taken to Talisay District Hospital.
Cabiluna said the landslide also caused traffic problems in their village after mounds of soil covered the road.
Cabiluna said the landslide is affecting workers living in the mountain barangays of Talisay, Minglanilla and Cebu City who often use the Talisay-Uling Access Road due to its close proximity to the National Highway.
It was not the first time a landslide hit the barangay this year.
Last Saturday, a landslide also hit Barangay Manipis. Even though no one was hurt or killed during the incident, the landslide caused a traffic jam in the area.
Cabiluna said clearing activities are being done in the area.
In a separate interview, Talisay City Mayor Eduardo Gullas plans to meet with QM Builders and officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) regarding the ongoing road widening project.
QM Builders, owned by businessman Alan Quirante, has been conducting the road widening project from Jaclupan to Barangay Manipis since the time of former Talisay City mayor Socrates Fernandez.
Gullas said he wants to know from the contractor how they plan to prevent landslides in the area.
“I refuse to believe that there isn’t an engineering solution for that,” Gullas added.