The City Engineering Office (CEO) has begun conducting inspections of buildings and households located in landslide-prone areas around the city to determine the integrity of their structures.
Albert Joseph Garcia, Engineer III of CEO, said they are prioritizing coastal barangays including Liwanag and Mabuhay considering that these areas are located in vulnerable areas for landslide.
A recent landslide in Barangay Liwanag resulted in the death of two persons.
“Napaka-steep nung lupa doon at baka pati yung mga bahay sa taas kapag tag-ulan, baka magka-landslide ulit,” said Garcia.
The results of the inspections, Garcia said, will serve as their basis in determining the need to relocate the residents living within hazard prone areas.
“Ang bottom line nito ay to save them, it’s actually for their own good,” said Garcia.
Garcia said that the inspection does not only cover dwelling structures but also commercial buildings and establishments that are within Barangays Liwanag and Mabuhay.
He pointed out the need to organize a joint task group that will be their partners in the inspection activities and other undertaking relative to ensuring the safety of people in hazard-prone areas.
“Wala pa kasi kaming joint task group, sana meron na kasi ngayon, kami lang ang kumikilos dito,” said Garcia.
The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) in 2015 identified Purok
Talaudyong and Purok Nagtabon in Bgy. Bacungan as vulnerable to landslide.