By Marc Cosep
PIO Digital Media Specialist

CEBU CITY (November 8, 2022) — Geotechnical engineering experts are meeting this month to help assess the integrity of the soil in the mountain barangays of the city, following the landslide that hit Sitio Garaje, Barangay Busay last October 29.

Atty. Jerone Castillo. (PIO/Allan Defensor)

Atty. Jerone Castillo, Mayor Mike Rama’s special assistant on fiscal reforms and special projects, announced this during the Special Assistant to the Mayor on fiscal reforms during the Cebu City PIO “Panaghisgot” forum yesterday.

Castillo said the decision was reached after the first meeting of the Likay sa Landslide Special Task Force last week.

“Ang suggestion sa MGB (Mines and Geosciences Bureau) was that need nato ma-identify kung unsa ang type of soil anang mga lugara para makahibalo ta kung unsa na mga type of structures ang pwede ma tukod diha aron dili mag landslide,” said Castillo.

It was the MGB, during a meeting with the mayor, among others, last October 31, that told the City that all 30 mountain barangays of the city are “highly-susceptible to landslide.”

Castillo said the “online” meeting is scheduled next Monday, November 14, 2022, and would be attended by geotechnical engineering experts from the University of San Carlos, the MGB, and those from Haarlemmermeer in the Netherlands.

“Maong online lang sa ta kay we have those from Haarlemmermeer kay they are experts man sab on these matters. And since we have an existing sister city partnership with them, we will make use of the opportunity as well,” said Castillo.

Ang suggestion sa MGB (Mines and Geosciences Bureau) was that need nato ma-identify kung unsa ang type of soil anang mga lugara para makahibalo ta kung unsa na mga type of structures ang pwede ma tukod diha aron dili mag landslide.

Atty. Jerone Castillo, Mayor Mike Rama’s special assistant on fiscal reforms and special projects

The result of this, he said, will be used in the creation of a zoning map of around 14 of the 30 mountain barangays. He identified the 14 as barangays Agsungot, Babag, Banilad, Binaliw, Bonbon, Budlaan, Busay, Guba, Mabini, Malubog, Pung-ol Sibugay, Sinsin, and Sirao.

“Important gyud kayo ato ning buhaton because this will be presented by the mayor for his recommendation as basis for para sa atong mga plano,” Castillo said.

Harold Alcontin. (PIO/Allan Defensor)

On the other hand, Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CCDRRMO) Head Harold Alcontin said that traffic in Sitio Garaje will be regulated so as not to cause soil erosion in the area.

Those traveling to Balamban from the City will take the route in Sitio Roosevelt going to Babag 2, while those heading to Cebu City shall take the regular route, provided that vehicles will have intervals.

 “Dili na sab allowed ang six-wheeler trucks didto para dili siya maka-cause og dugang nga damage ug gi-regulate na nato ang distance para dili na mo-cause og erosion kay nihumok na raba ang yuta dido,” said Alcontin.

Furthermore, Alcontin said that CCDRRMO members are currently in Barangay Kalunasan where another landslide happened earlier yesterday.

“Naa na sila didto to assess the situation, maong kaning tanang atong gipang buhat karon importante kayo kai dako ni siya ug tabang sa umaabot na panahon sab,” Alcontin said. #