The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) 7 has warned anew on the possibility of landslides and flooding as a result of the southwest monsoon which brings Ondoy-like rains.
This, as MGB-7 identified nearly portions of 80 barangays withinCebuprovince to be highly vulnerable to episodes of ground failure or subsidence and flood.
MGB 7 Regional Director Loreto B. Alburo made the call in wake of reports by the weather bureau that heavier rains are still expected.
“It is very important that local chief executives should give more attention of critical areas that are found to be highly vulnerable to flooding and landslides which have been known to them an indicated in the geohazards threat advisory issued to them,” Alburo stressed.
Areas which have been declared as “highly susceptible” to flooding and landslides by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau should be carefully monitored by the local government officials.
Alburo strongly recommended to local chief executives to prohibit habitation in areas declared as “highly susceptible” to flooding and landslides by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the DENR to protect people’s lives.
“Let us not be complacent instead be pro-active when it comes to disaster preparedness and response to preserve lives most of all,” he added.
In CebuCity, 19 barangays are highly susceptible 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 ofNaga.; 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 inTalisayCity; Brgy. Doldol, Purok 3 in Dumanjug; and Cansalonoy in Ronda.
Alburo said the assessment reveals that there are five barangays in Cebu City that are considered to be most hazardous to flooding and these are Kasambagan, Kinasang-an, Labangon, Mabolo, and Bonbon; and seven barangays in Mandaue City to include Subangdaku, Mantuyong, Umapad, Opao, Alang-alang, Guizo, and Pakna-an.