Prepare against heavy rains, flooding, Nuño urges brgys PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 16:30

Liga ng mga Barangay President Councilor Abdurahman Nuño is set to convene officials of barangays identified as prone to flooding and landslides to discuss contingency measures and reduce risks during disasters or calamities.

Nuño yesterday conferred with Mayor Celso Lobregat to plan out for the meeting anytime soon.

The Liga President said contingency plans should be in place to prevent huge damage to properties as well as loss of lives in cases of eventualities such as severe rainfall.

The Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau (MGB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) regional office the other day warned that flooding with the magnitude of the incident in Iligan City and Cagayan can happen in Zamboanga City if and when there will be extreme rainfall.

The MGB identified 36 barangays as prone to flooding and these are Ayala, Baliwasan, Labuan, Limpapa, Maasin, Mariki, Patalon, Recodo, Rio Hondo, San Jose Cawa-cawa, San Jose Gusu, part of San Roque, Sta. Barbara, Sto. Niño, Sinubong, Sinunuc, Talisayan, Tumaga, Mampang, section of Tulungatung, Zones 1, 2, 3 and 4, Bolong, Bungiao, Busay, Lumiyap in Divisoria, Lamisahan, Landang Gua, Landang Laum, Limaong, Manalipa, Pangapuyan, Pasilmanta and Putik.

On the other hand, the landslide prone are Murok in barangay Pasonanca, roads leading to Capisan, mountainous section of Tulungatung near the Ayala River, Barangay Baluno and the valley side in Barangay Pamucutan.

The list of landslide prone and flood prone barangays in the city are based on the geohazard map for Region 9.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA), an attached agency of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), revealed that the weather condition (tail-end of a cold front) was affecting Visayas and Mindanao as of 5 a.m. yesterday until 5 a.m. today (Wednesday). It warned the weather condition may trigger flashfloods and landslides.

Nuño said residents in the said barangays should be fully aware of the situation and should be urged to prepare contingency plans to mitigate effects in cases of disasters. “We solicit the 100 percent cooperation of the residents in the barangays”.

On the other hand, Councilor Nuño said he is in full accord with the call of Mayor Lobregat for all people residing along riverbanks and coastal areas and other so-called hazardous areas to relocate to safer areas.

“It is better to prepare now than to suffer later,” the Liga ng mga Barangay chair added.

The city government has been advocating for the relocation of residents in hazardous areas initially through tagging and census. Voluntary relocation is also encouraged. — Sheila Covarrubias