ILOILO City – Antique province has the most number of villages prone to landslide in Western Visayas, according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Mines and Geosciences Bureau (DENR-MGB).
Out of the 4,617 villages in the region, 467 landslide-prone areas are in Antique.
DENR-MGB reported its findings in a September report. The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Region 6 confirmed it early this week.
The landslide-prone barangays are in the following Antique towns: San Remegio, Anini-y, Barbaza, Belison, Bugasong, Culasi, Hamtic, Lau-an, Libertad, Patnongon, San Jose, Sebaste, Sibalom, Tibiao, Tobias Fornier, and Valderrama.
According to OCD regional director Jose Roberto Nuñez, his office is continuously monitoring the barangays.
“We are ready 24/7. They (municipal disaster risk reduction and management councils) release situation reports from time to time,” he said.
Iloilo province, meanwhile, has 72 villages identified as prone to landslides. These villages are located in the towns of Miag-ao and San Joaquin.
A total of 16 villages in Negros Occidental, particularly in Cauayan and Hinoba-an towns and Sipalay City, are also landslide-prone while four villages in Buruanga, Aklan province were also identified as the same.
Nuñez said OCD Region 6 does not necessarily advise the residents in these areas to evacuate “because some of the risks were minimal and there are no evacuation centers.”
However, he said local disaster officers and residents have to always remain alert, especially during rainy days.
“I told them that when the rain is hard, they automatically evacuate the residents,” said Nuñez.
He reported that a landslide occurred in Bacan village, Tubungan town, Iloilo on Nov. 7, following heavy rains.
There was no casualty; preemptive evacuation was immediately undertaken.
On Nov. 9, Nuñez led the inspection of the area together with Tubungan’s Mayor Roquito Tacsagon and municipal disaster risk reduction and management office personnel. (PNA)