The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), through its Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) 7 has reiterated an advisory to all local chief executives in the four provinces of Central Visayas on the results of the geohazards assessment and mapping.

Taking a cue from a warning issued by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) that a tropical storm with an international name “Haiyan” is expected to enter into the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Thursday morning and expected to make landfall Friday morning in the Eastern Visayas which is considered a “super” typhoon, MGB 7 Regional Director Loreto B. Alburo issued anew geohazards threat advisories to all City and Municipal Mayors including the four Provincial Governors in Region 7.

In a November 6 letter-advisory signed by Alburo which was also furnished to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) 7 and the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) 7, it urged the City and Municipal Mayors in the provinces of Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental and Siquijor to carefully and seriously look into the findings and recommendations of the previous geohazards threat advisories.

In Cebu City , 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 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.

In Catmon, Cebu , 12 barangays were mapped: 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.

In Bohol, those portions of those areas which have been affected by the quake are advised to take the necessary precautions and to implement proactive evacuation are Tagbilaran City, Baclayon, Corella, Cortes, Alburquerque, Panglao, Dauis, Loon, Calape, Catigbian, Balilihan, Batuan, Sagbayan, and Carmen.

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, Bonbon, and Cebu City downtown and areas along the Guadalupe River; and seven barangays in Mandaue City to include Subangdaku, Mantuyong, Umapad, Opao, Alang-alang, Guizo, and Pakna-an.

He added that preventive measures by evacuating some residents who have been mapped as highly susceptible to landslides and flooding should be moved to safer grounds.

Alburo added that the LGUs were provided a copy of the findings and recommendations of the assessment with stamp-received by the Office of the Mayor so that they would be able to study and implement the needed pro-active measures.

“The letter-advisory contained some pieces of information that would somehow help the local chief executives in their disaster risk reduction and preparedness efforts,” he added.

The reiteration of the results of the study was given to 53 city and municipal mayors in Cebu; Bohol , 48; Negros Oriental, 26; and Siquijor, 6.