EO 13 Likay sa Landslide takes effect

By Marc Eric A Cosep
PIO Digital Media Specialist

CEBU CITY (Nov. 3, 2022) Landslides in Busay and Bonbon and various earth movements in the city’s hinterlands over the weekend prompted Mayor Mike Rama to proact and prevent the loss of lives, if not another landslide.

He signed Executive Order No. 13 during Panaghisgot forum at noon here witnessed by executive officials who would also form part of Special Task Force Likay sa Landslide the same EO has created.

Signing. Executive Secretary Collin N. Rosell glances at Mayor Mike Rama when he reviewed and subsequently signed EO 13. 📷 PIO/Ruel Rosello

The special body is tasked to “Establishment of a Mechanism for the Prevention, Elimination, Mitigation, Rehabilitation and Management of Landslide Incidents and Landslide Prone Areas in the City of Cebu, Developing a Resilient City.”

With the signed EO, the City suspended all quarry and earth-moving operations within its territorial jurisdiction and ordered the Mining Regulatory Board to suspend all active permits.

Landslide. A resident points to a house dragged in the Oct. 29, 2022 landslide at Sitio Garaje, Busay, as city agriculturist Joey Baclayon looks on. 📷 PIO/Ruel Rosello

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With the EO, the Mayor further banned six-wheeler trucks from passing through areas prone to landslides.

He also mandated the conduct an awareness campaign for concerned residents to know about the geo-hazard map already identified and prepared by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB).

It is meant to make the same residents understand why the City will come up with drastic measures to ensure their safety.

As to the landslide site in Barangay Busay, Rama said that all structures should go and that people should be moved elsewhere for their safety.