MGB bares Baguio disaster, risk areas; SP ok’s signs in sites

>> Monday, February 22, 2021

By Jordan G. Habbiling

BAGUIO CITY – Warning signs are set to be installed in dangerous and risk-prone areas of this city after the Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources- Cordillera Administrative Region (MGB-CAR) identified locations susceptible to landslide, flood, and sink holes.
    Risk-prone areas are barangays: Loakan Proper, Loakan Liwanag, Green Water Village, South Drive, Cabinet Hill-Teachers Camp, Upper Dagsian, Scout Barrio, Fort Del Pilar (PMA), North Sanitary Camp, West Bayan Park (Leonila Hill), Asin Road, Bakakeng Central, Dominican Mirador, Dontogan, Fairview Village, Irisan, Lourdes Subdivision Extension, Lourdes Subdivision Lower, Middle Quezon Hill Subdivision, Pinget, Pinsao Pilot Project, Pinsao Proper, Quezon Hill Proper, Quezon Hill Upper, Rock Quarry Lower, Rock Quarry Middle, San Luis Village, San Roque Village, Santo Tomas Proper, and Victoria Village.
    With this, the city council approved on the third and final reading an ordinance requiring installation of warning signages in consonance with the Environment Code of the City of Baguio (Ordinance 18-2016) in said risky and dangerous areas.
    Other barangays are still being evaluated, the ordinance added.
    The ordinance has been forwarded to the City Mayor’s Office for approval.
    “Apart from those prescribed by law, the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office shall coordinate the installation of early warning systems and devices in all identified high risk areas. Where necessary, it shall design and define area specific early warning systems and devices for the information of the public,” Section 280 of the Environment Code states.
    The recently approved ordinance authored by Councilor Arthur Allad-iw mandates the City Disaster Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMC) and the Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (BDRRMC) to coordinate with concerned agencies/offices to identify risk prone areas and install warning signs.
    The CDDRMO shall provide design of warning signages which will be written in English with the corresponding Filipino translation and shall allot a budget for the implementation of the ordinance.
    “There is a need to put signages in all identified landslide, flood and sinking prone areas in the City of Baguio to forewarn residents and for the prevention and mitigation of the effects of any disaster,” Allad-iw said.
    In 2020, Allad-iw also passed an ordinance requiring tree-planting in identified land-slide prone areas in the city.


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