PDRRMO probes cracks in Tubu­ran moun­tain

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - by Rosalie O. Abatayo COR­RE­SPON­DENT

NOT want­ing to suf­fer the fate of Naga City, lo­cal gov­ern­ment units have gone con­scious of risks sur­round­ing their lo­cal­i­ties, an of­fi­cial of the Pro­vin­cial Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Man­age­ment Of­fice (PDRRMO) said Thurs­day.

A team from the PDRRMO, barangay of­fi­cials and lo­cal DRRM of­fi­cers of Tubu­ran town have con­ducted a site in­spec­tion in Barangay Daan­lung­sod fol­low­ing re­ports of cracks on a moun­tain over­look­ing the Daan­lung­sod Ele­men­tary School.

Rhee Te­len Jr., in­for­ma­tion man­age­ment of­fi­cer of PDRRMO, said they re­ceived a re­quest from Tubu­ran LGU and of­fi­cials of Barangay Daan­lung­sod to in­spect the area for fear that the cracks would lead to a land­slide.

A photo posted on Face­book by a cer­tain Ado­nis Fer­nan­dez showed loose soil and cracks on a cliff of the moun­tain.

“Mao ni ang sce­nario

sa babaw sa Daan­lung­sod Ele­men­tary School sa Barangay Daan­lung­sod, Tubu­ran Cebu.

Ayaw inta­won itu­got nga malubong ming buhi,” Fer­nan­dez said in the post which was pub­lished on Oc­to­ber 2.

Upon their in­spec­tion, Te­len said there was an on­go­ing site de­vel­op­ment in the area for the con­struc­tion of a tech­ni­cal vo­ca­tional train­ing cen­ter and the loose soil found in the pho­tos came from the land­scape de­vel­op­ment and was not a prod­uct of ero­sion or land­slide.

The about two-hectare prop­erty that is be­ing de­vel­oped, ac­cord­ing to Te­len, is the Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion and Skills De­vel­op­ment Author­ity (Tesda) train­ing cen­ter that is a joint project of the Tubu­ran LGU and the Pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment.

He added that the cracks shown were caused by the rain wa­ter trail that hard­ened.

How­ever, Te­len said they al­ready co­or­di­nated with the mu­nic­i­pal and pro­vin­cial en­gi­neer­ing of­fice on the mit­i­gat­ing mea­sures to en­sure that the res­i­den­tial area and the school lo­cated about 100 me­ters be­neath the site de­vel­op­ment will not be at risk.

He said that the LGU has also sent a let­ter to the Mines and Geo­sciences Bu­reau to re­quest for a haz­ard as­sess­ment in the area.

Mean­while, the Pro­vin­cial En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Of­fice (Penro) is still con­tin­u­ing with their as­sess­ments of small scale quarry sites in Cebu.

Cebu Gov­er­nor Hi­lario Da­vide III ear­lier sus- pended all small scale quarry in the re­gions af­ter the land­slide in Naga City.

Penro Chief Ja­son Lozano said on Thurs­day that they have al­ready in­spected 18 out of 35 sites in Cebu.

Tubu­ran town lo­cated in the north­west of Cebu is­land.

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