CEBU, Philippines – Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama ordered the suspension of all quarrying operations and earth-moving activities, including construction projects, in mountain barangays starting Thursday, November 3.
“The lifting of the suspension is subject to the evaluation of the current geological condition of the city’s 30 upland barangays, and the recommendation by the special task force,” said Rama’s Executive Order (EO) No. 13 series of 2022, entitled “Oplan Likay sa Landslide.”
The EO also prohibits heavy equipment, including transport vehicles, from using upland roads that have been declared landslide-prone.
Only emergency vehicles, public service transport, and equipment operated by government responders and public utility companies are exempted with permission from the Special Task Force.
The EO-created task force will formulate a landslide mitigation master plan and a local shelter and housing resettlement plan, and conduct a full inventory of all structures and drainage systems in the city’s 30 upland barangays.
Rama said in a press conference that the city needs to act fast, citing the immediate aftermath of a mountain barangay landslide that destroyed several homes.
On Sunday, October 30, the Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) received reports of a landslide in Sitio Grahe, Barangay Busay.
“Operatives from Quick Response Team and different response clusters went on scene to evacuate residents, place warning signs, and inform the barangay regarding the situation,” the CDRRMO said.
Harold Alcontin, head of the CDRRMO, said at least 11 homes that belonged to 15 families were destroyed, with one of them owned by Busay chieftain Ma. Christia “Ebing” Famador.
On Monday, October 31, the Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction Mitigation and Management Council (CDRRMC) declared two hinterland areas as danger zones and called for the immediate evacuation of residents living there.
These areas cover 2.5 hectares in Sitio Garaje, Barangay Busay, and five hectares in Sitio Gilagila, Barangay Bonbon.