Toledo mayor stops quarry oper­a­tions

The Freeman - - FRONT PAGE - Lor­raine Mitzi A. Am­brad Staff Mem­ber

Toledo City Mayor John Henry Osmeña on Thurs­day is­sued a cease and de­sist or­der against the site de­vel­op­ment and quarry oper­a­tions in Sitio Kab­u­li­han, Barangay Ili­han af­ter cracks and soil ero­sion were ob­served in the area.

The or­der was to take ef­fect im­me­di­ately and will con­tinue pend­ing the assess­ment re­port of the Cebu pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment, as well as that of the Mines and Geo­sciences Bureau (MGB), ac­cord­ing to Pro­vin­cial Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Man­age­ment Of­fi­cer (PDRRMO) spokesper­son Jules Reg­ner.

Osmeña signed the or­der fol­low­ing the re­port and rec­om­men­da­tion of the Pro­vin­cial En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Of­fice (PENRO).

Res­i­dents liv­ing nearby, es­pe­cially within the 300-me­ter ra­dius, have been ad­vised to evac­u­ate due to fear of an­other land­slide.

PDRRMO chief Bal­tazar Tri­bunalo said it is still un­clear whether the land­slide that hit the area ear­lier was caused by quar­ry­ing.

Based on the ini­tial re­port by the PENRO, the de­vel­oper, Jose Soro­neo, ap­plied for a site de­vel­op­ment project but the lo­cal DRRM of­fi­cers claimed that quarry oper­a­tions were ob­served on the up­per por­tion of the site.

In an ear­lier re­port, guards at the site claimed that the area was be­ing de­vel­oped into a sub­di­vi­sion.

Soro­neo was granted a spe­cial dis­posal per­mit to dis­pose of the cut earth ma­te­ri­als from the site. It was ap­proved in Oc­to­ber and will ex­pire in Jan­uary 2019.

Ili­han and its neigh­bor­ing barangay, Man­dugo, re­quested the PENRO to con­duct a haz­ard assess­ment on a land­slide area near the site be­ing de­vel­oped. The land­slide re­port­edly hap­pened last De­cem­ber 1 which prompted some res­i­dents to evac­u­ate.

An in­spec­tion was car­ried out and found out that there are in­deed cracks on the south­ern side of Soro­neo's site with a width of 20-30 cen­time­ters and a depth of 3050 cen­time­ters (half the length of a me­ter stick).

On the south­west side, a slip soil mass was also noted, which was ap­prox­i­mately dis­placed by 20 me­ters by width and six me­ters by height.

Sub-ten­sion cracks were also noted with depths of three to five me­ters. The soil in the area was also clas­si­fied as lime­stone clay, which has a high plas­tic­ity in­dex and may cause an­other slump land­slide.

The PENRO re­port stated that around 20 to 30 homes are at risk if an­other land­slide takes place.

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