MGB to LGUs: Check site de­vel­op­ments in your ar­eas

The Freeman - - NEWS - May B. Mi­asco/KBQ

The Mines and Geo­sciences Bureau (MGB) in Cen­tral Visayas is urg­ing lo­cal gov­ern­ment units to reg­u­larly check the site de­vel­op­ments in their re­spec­tive ju­ris­dic­tions.

MGB-7 In­for­ma­tion Of­fi­cer Mar­ian Codilla said the bureau re­ceived re­ports about ex­trac­tion ac­tiv­i­ties in the re­gion in the guise of a site de­vel­op­ment.

She called on lo­cal of­fi­cials to mon­i­tor the progress of the on­go­ing site de­vel­op­ments. They are also ad­vised to re­port to MGB-7 any il­le­gal op­er­a­tion.

The warn­ing came fol­low­ing a land­slide that hit a site de­vel­op­ment area in Si­tio Kab­u­li­han, Barangay Ili­han in Toledo City, mid­west Cebu last Satur­day. No in­juries or ca­su­al­ties were re­ported. Res­i­dents liv­ing nearby, es­pe­cially within the 300-meter ra­dius, have been ad­vised to evac­u­ate due to fear of an­other land­slide.

The Provin­cial Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Man­age­ment Of­fice (PDDRMO) Chief Bal­tazar Tri­bunalo ear­lier said it is still un­clear whether the land­slide that hit the area ear­lier was caused by quar­ry­ing.

PDDRMO heard claims that the site de­vel­op­ers are re­port­edly en­gag­ing into trea­sure hunt­ing.

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

Earl Teo of the City Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Man­age­ment Of­fice said they are closely mon­i­tor­ing the ground move­ment of the site de­vel­op­ment project, as well as the re­ported cracks.

He said the of­fice is al­ready co­or­di­nat­ing with the re­gional of­fice of the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources-Mines and Geo­sciences Bureau to as­sess if the area is still safe for habi­ta­tion.

In the event of heavy rain­fall, he said the city would en­force force evac­u­a­tion.

About 20 house­holds are liv­ing near the quake site, he said. —

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