3rd landslide hits Manipis this year

A LANDSLIDE hit Barangay Manipis, Talisay City yesterday dawn, the third to hit the area since the onset of rains.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 wants contractors of an ongoing road widening project in the barangay to put up precautionary measures to avoid another landslide.

The Talisay City Government will also ask affected residents to evacuate.

Talisay City Councilor Danilo Caballero said the landslide occurred at 5 a.m. in Sitio Camp 6 in Barangay Manipis.

Traffic

Caballero said debris from the landslide blocked traffic on the Talisay-Toledo Wharf Access Road.

To allow vehicles to pass through, Caballero called the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Second Engineering District to clear the road.

The road was passable again at 8 a.m.

Caballero said the landslide stopped the vaccine operations of the Talisay City Health Department (CHD) in the mountain barangays.

Vince Monterde, Talisay City public information officer, said members of the City’s CHD were supposed to provide free vaccines for measles and polio.

Visit

Monterde, also the City’s local disaster risk reduction and management (LDRRM) officer, said he and his staff plan to visit Barangay Manipis to convince residents there to evacuate.

In a separate interview, Dr. Eddie Llamedo, DENR 7 spokesperson, urged DPWH to instruct its contractor in the area to provide benching or other measures to prevent landslides.

DPWH’s contractor, QM Builders, has been widening the Talisay-Toledo Wharf Access Road since last year.

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