With the continuous downpour which is predicted to prevail up to Monday, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau – Central Visayas (MGB-7) has warned anew on the possibility of the consequential damage in areas identified as geologically “hazardous”.
MGB-7 Director Loreto B. Alburo made the call to local chief executives in the region to give more attention to the areas that were already identified as susceptible to flooding and landslide. The warning is issued after the weather bureau reported of a week-long rain.
Continuous downpour may reduce the safety factor of the slopes as the rains will cause an increased water pressure on the slopes. The runoff from upland areas may also cause flooding in the low-lying urban areas. A naturally low-lying area is highly susceptible to flooding and so are areas surrounding a constricted drainage system and natural waterways.
“Let us not be complacent at these times. We ask the local chief executives and the residents to be proactive when it comes to disaster preparedness to preserve precious lives,” Alburo said.
In Cebu City , 19 barangays are highly susceptible to landslides, namely, Lusaran, Binaliw, Guba, Budlaan, Malubog, Buot-Taup, Busay, Sirao, Taptap, Tagbao, Tabunan, Pung-ol Sibugay,Sudlon II, Sudlon I, Sinsin, Buhisan, Pamutan, Sapangdaku, and Adlaon. Barangays Tagjaguimit, Alpaco, Balirong, Mayana, Naalad, and Cogon in City of Naga.; 11 barangays in Balamban: Hingatmonan, Lamesa, Luca, Ginatilan, Cabasiangan, Matun-og, Cansomoroy, Gaas, Magsaysay, Cabagdalan, and Duangan; five barangays in Toledo City: Tungkay, Pangamihan, Bagacay, Loay and Don Andres Soriano; Lamac in Pinamungahan; Five barangays in Asturias:Agbanga, Baye, Bairan, Kanluangan and Sak-sak; 12 barangays in Catmon: Amancion, Anapog, Bactas, Bongyas, ambangkaya, Cabungaan, Can-ibuang, Duyan, Ginabucan, Panalipan, Tabili and Tinabyonan). all mountain barangays in Talisay City; Brgy. Doldol, Purok 3 in Dumanjug; and Cansalonoy in Ronda.
There are also 22 barangays in Cebu City that are considered to be most hazardous to flooding including Talamban, Banilad, Kalubihan, Cambinocot, Cogon Ramos, Day-as, Guadalupe, Hipodromo, Kamagayan, San Roque, Labangon, Lusaran, Mabolo, Pit-os, Pulangbato, San Jose, Sapangdaku, T. Padilla, Tinago, Tisa, To-ong, Pardo and 24 barangays in Mandaue City including Alang-alang, Banilad, Basak, Cabancalan, Cambaro, Canduman, Casili, Casuntingan, Cubacub, Guizo, Estancia, Jagobiao, Labogon, Looc, Maguikay, Mantuyong, Pagsabungan, Paknaan, Subangdaku, Tabok, Tingub, Tipolo, and Umapad.
The regional office has distributed geohazard maps and conducted information,education and communication drive to all the towns in Negros Oriental.
A team from MGB Central Office has also conducted geohazard awareness to 552 barangays in Cebu including Asturias, Cebu City, Toledo City, Pinamungajan, Malabuyoc, Alegria, Samboan, Ginatilan, Aloguinsan, Argao, Dalaguete, Alcoy, Boljoon, Oslob, Santander, Dumanjug, Ronda, Alcantara, Moalboal, Badian, Barili, Sibonga, and Carcar city.