Two villages in Davao City have been declared unsafe for residents after an investigation was made last week by the City Engineers Office (CEO).
Juario Village and Nacilla Village, both located at Shrine Hills, were found to be unsafe for dwelling due to traces of subsidence and threat of falling boulders.
CEO officer-in-charge Joseph Dominic Felizarta said the villages’ residents, numbering more or less 100 families, were advised for immediate relocation to ensure safety from the risk of landslide.
“Juario Village is not safe anymore because of the boulders. Nahulog na ang uban boulders gikan sa taas. We declared the area for immediate relocation na jud because of the steepness of the area,” Felizarta said in an interview.
Felizarta also said that during their monitoring with the Mines and Geosciences Bureau 11 (MGB 11) and the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) they also discovered traces of sinking of soil in Nacilla Village.
“In Nacilla Village in Shrine Hills beside Juario Village we discovered traces of caving in of soil. Dugay dugay na pero kung ma-trigger na ug earthquake delikado na. Pero giuna lang nato ang Juario Village for immediate relocation kay dili man nato ma-accomodate tanan,” he said.
According to Felizarta, the City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO) and CDRRMO are now studying for the relocation of the affected residents of the two villages. He said during the preliminary discussion, it is being decided that the residents will be relocated in Tugbok relocation site.
“Dili nato matagna ang panahon pero naa naman nahitabo ngano hulaton pa man nato nga ma-trigger na pud utro, meaning naa nay mga landslide na nahitabo ngano hualotn pa nato nga naa na pud mahitabo. Dili ni panagna per kung kusog ang ulan ug maglinog,” said Felizarta.Meantime, Lyndon Ancajas, administrative training chief of City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC), recommended immediate relocation for those residents living in landslide prone areas particularly in Juario Compound in MA-a.
The CEO and MGB also inspected the city’s old dumpsite in Ma-a, which was also found not safe for houses situated in the area.
“In the old dumpsite in Ma-a ang yuta nakatabon sa mga basura ug naay mga balay -balay sa ilalom na kung kusog ang ulan delikado pud. The upper part of the dumpsite was struck by landslide already. Sumpay ra na siya ug na divide lang kay nagbuhat ta ug kalsada, kung kato na pud ang mu-landslide peligro na pud ang mga tao that is why they are also advised for immediate relocation,” Felizarta said.
Mayor Sara Duterte has instructed the CEO and CDRRMO to conduct an inspection and re-assessment of these landslide prone areas including the old smokey mountain in Matina Pangi, and Purok Damayan in Buhangin to safeguard the lives of Davaoeños.