Senatorial candidate, JV Ejercito-Estrada yesterday urged local chief executives in Western Visayas to heed the recommendation of the regional Mines and Geosciences Bureau and relocate residents from endangered areas to avoid loss of lives during disasters, a press release from his office said.
Amidst the continuous flooding in Mindanao and some parts of the Visayas, Ejercito-Estrada called for the immediate response for relocation of residents in identified high-risk areas before another storm hits the region, the press release said.
Tropical depression “Crising” recently warranted the evacuation of thousands of residents, particularly in Mindanao. Ejercito-Estrada warned against complacency and said local government units should act now to prevent a repeat of the 2008 Typhoon Frank tragedy that left more than 500 people dead in Western Visayas.
“We should not also forget the ravages of typhoons Pablo, Sendong and Ondoy, which wrought so much havoc in terms of lives and property in the previous years,” he said.
The MGB has assessed various areas in the region as ideal relocation sites for residents where may be affected should a major storm or flooding hit Western Visayas, the press release said.
In their report, MGB cited the villages of Old Buswang in Kalibo and Cauayan in New Washington for the province of Aklan as ideal relocation areas for their constituents. Barangay Amaga for Capiz, Barangays Poblacion and Duyoc for Dao, the villages of Baje San Julian in Calinog, Jines in Januiay and Nasaka in Maasin, Iloilo and Barangay Pandanan in Patnongon, Antique, the press release said.
In Negros Occidental, MGB identified Barangays Celestion Villacin for Cadiz City, Locotan for Kabankalan City and Bagonbon in San Carlos City, the press released added.*