Considering the onset of the rainy season, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau XI has issued advisory to all the local government units (LGUs) which includes updated list of geohazard areas and strongly advised the LGUs in the region to be vigilant especially in areas highly susceptible to flooding and landslide.

Certain municipalities in the provinces of Compostela Valley Province, Davao Oriental, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur and Davao Occidental that are highly susceptible to landslide are advised to be constantly alert especially during rainy days where continuous downpour could cause the water to seep through the soil, soften the earth and eventually cause it to collapse.

Areas highly susceptible to flooding, flashfloods and landslides are advised to prepare and put in place measures that will mitigate disaster occurrences. These measures include, among others, monitor danger signs through the use of early warning device, prepare identified evacuation sites, immediate evacuation during heavy precipitation or long duration of rain and constant communication and updates with concerned agencies such as the Municipality and/or Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (M/BDRRMCs).

Coastal areas are also advised to prepare considering the unpredictability of the weather.  Fisher folks and those using small seacrafts are also warned to be constantly aware of weather forecasts.

MGB RXI recommends to the LGUs the strict implementation of the “No Habitation Zone” policy in areas identified as very highly susceptible to hazards. MGB RXI also encourages LGUs to take into consideration the geohazard data in their long–term land use planning  and consider the identified flood and landslide susceptible areas as development constraints in order to eradicate the potential negative effects of natural hazards in the future.

“The series of landslides happening in different parts of the country is reason enough for us to alert all LGU’s because we can never be sure when any similar incident will happen, especially in Davao Region which is very prone to landslides and flooding due to the physical characteristics of our lands. ” says MGB RXI Regional Director, Atty. Jasper Alberto H. Lascano.

“We are in alert mode and have urged the provincial environment offices to inspect quarrying areas in their respective localities. Our DENR PENROs and CENROs were so alerted on the matter. We need to be vigilant and pro-active to prevent loss of lives and property, he added.