Today, 40 families comprised of 100 individuals will have to evacuate the landslide prone area in Barangay Langub fronting the old dumpsite in Diversion Road due to a 400-meter long crack along a slope inside the Seventh Day Adventist property that is feared to give way any moment now.
In addition, seven families were moved out from the slope of Shrine Hills in order to prevent possible casualties.
Today’s evacuation is facilitated by the City Social Services and Development Office and the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office. The Barangay officials of Matina Pangi, Barangay Matina Crossing and Baranggay Langub will also be on hand to help evacuate the people.
“The cracks on the slopes may give way any time from now based on the observations we had with Mines and Geosciences Bureau,” said Rodrigo Bustillo, operation warning officer of the CDRRMO during the during the I-speak media forum on Thrusday.
The families will be brought to the evacuation center in Los Amigos Tugbok. The evacuation area can accommodate 1000 individuals and is equipped with amenities which will provide comfort to the people.
“The evacuation area is designed to accommodate a lot of people in case of an incident of big magnitude of untoward incident,” said Bustillo.
Bustillo said some of the families refused to vacate but were convinced it would be to their safety.
The affected families were given time to collect their properties and valuables. The City Government will temporarily shoulder the needs of the people.
“Ang atong ginatanaw kay ang safety jud sa mga tao mao ato sila gipasabot. Aduna kita’y series na pag sturya sa mga tao didto sa area para ila masabtan,” said Bustillo.
The informal settlers have located in the area since most of them rely on scavenging for their livelihood.
The Department of Public Works and Highways’s road widening project in the area is also seen as one of the reasons behind perceived ground movement, prompting the CDRRMO to recommend the removal of boulders from the high grounds in a bid to lessen the effect of gravity and to control erosion.
The CRRMO is in continued discussion with DPWH and the MGB regarding preventive measures in the area.
The area in Shrine Hills Matina belongs to ecological sub-zone which means that it is ecologically sensitive. All the development within Shrine Hills Matina were seen to contribute to the gradual degradation of the area.
“May specific allowed activities on that area such as reforestation and protection of existing vegetation. Ang mga housing development at building structures is not appropriate within shrine hills,” said Bustillo. To mitigate the risk caused of these developments, as per advice by the Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte- Carpio, the people will have to vacate the area.
Other relocation sites are also being constructed in Los Amigos. People living in danger zones in Davao City will be prioritized in relocating to the area.
Meanwhile, the CDRRMO also recommended to DPWH to cordon the area fronting the old dumpsite to prevent other people from residing in the area.