The Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) makes an aerial survey of Antique and Iloilo's landslide-prone areas on Thursday (March 21, 2019). (Photo by OCD Western Visayas)
ILOILO CITY -- The Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) in Western Visayas on Thursday conducted an aerial inspection of the landslide-prone areas in Iloilo and Antique provinces to determine possible intervention by the government.
The aerial survey led by OCD Assistant Secretary Casiano Monilla, OCD Regional Director Jose Roberto Nuñez, and representatives from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, covered several landslide-prone areas passing over the towns of Hamtic and San Remegio in Antique towards the first district of Iloilo to include the municipalities of San Joaquin, Tubungan and Leon.
The Technical Operations Group 6 (TOG 6) of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) also dropped flyers over Tubungan and San Remegio areas to encourage New People’s Army (NPA) members to surrender and avail of the government’s Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP), said Cindy Ferrer, OCD information officer.
She added there will be a ground inspection following the aerial survey.
Nuñez, in an interview, said they would like to take advantage of the good weather to look into the hazard-prone areas in Iloilo and Antique.
“As a risk reduction management office, we need to respond to help the community,” Nuñez said.
Last Feb. 28, Nuñez also inspected Barangay Igpajo in Tubungan, Iloilo, which is situated 4,382 feet above sea level. It has some 155 families vulnerable to landslides.
Igpajo is an upland barangay situated just some five kilometers away from the town proper but can only be reached by taking a single motorcycle for a PHP600 round-trip ride.
Nuñez said his office is still awaiting the proposal of Tubungan municipality if they want to relocate the 155 families.
The town’s official website identifies Barangay Igpajo as one of its tourist destinations because of “Binugsukan” Falls, which is ideal for swimming during summer. The barangay also hosts more than 20 other waterfalls.
Meantime, if the relocation is not yet possible, another option would be to provide access roads.
“They really need attention from the government,” he said. (PNA)