Iloilo City – The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Regional Office No. 6, DENR has assessed landslides that affected ten barangays in the province of Iloilo and Antique in July and August.
Geologists of MGB RO-6 investigated the following areas: Barangay Cata-an, San Joaquin, Iloilo on July 13, 2018; Barangays Igbugacay, Casalngan, and Caromangay, Hamtic, Antique on July 18, 2018; Barangay Binano-an, Barbaza, Antique on July 23, 2018; Barangays Igcatambor and Sibucao, Miagao, Iloilo on August 7, 2018; Barangays Igpigos and Bagay, Igbaras, Iloilo on August 8-9, 2018 and Barangay Aningalan, San Remigio, Antique on August 9, 2018.
In barangay Binano-an, Barbaza, Antique, two people died from the landslides. According to MGB RO-6 geologist Adrian Nichol Lizada, the landslide occurred at 3:00 in the morning as cited in the incident report of the municipality of Barbaza, Antique.
MGB RO-6 Regional Director Leo Van V. Juguan said that it is unfortunate that people died from the recent landslide incidents. The primary reason for the government’s efforts in producing information on the susceptibility of areas to landslides and floods through geohazard mapping is to prevent loss of life, RD Juguan said.
The geohazard mapping of the MGB, DENR on 1:50,000 scale followed by a detailed scale of 1:10,000 has been completed in 2014. MGB, DENR has widely disseminated and distributed the geohazard maps to the local government units and different government agencies, in close coordination with the National and Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
RD Juguan said that he ensures that MGB RO-6 immediately investigates incidents of landslides and floods when information reaches the Office. He said that MGB RO-6 received the information on the recent landslides through the Office of Civil Defense, the concerned local government units, and the media (MGB RO-6, DENR)