DENR conducts assessment in Hamtic landslide area

SAN JOSE, Antique, Dec. 3 (PIA) - - The team from the Departrment of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)- Antique recently conducted an assessment on the reported landslide in Brgy. Pamandayan, Hamtic, Antique to evaluate the degree of disaster vulnerability of the area.

After the assessment, the team, led by PENR Officer Andres T. Untal with Geologist II Shimpei A. Francisco and Science Research Specialist II Eliaflor B. Bulawin of MGB Regional Office VI,  found out that the area in Barangay Pamandayan was classified with Very High Landslide and Flood Susceptibility Rating. 

Areas affected by landslides in Barangay Pamandayan, Hamtic

Untal coordinated with the Barangay and Municipal Officials and informed them of the result to the assessment for their coordinated intervention.

The evaluation team emphasized that the areas with high to very high landslide susceptibility rating do not allow any dwelling or establishment of households, thus, evacuation of families living in the area is highly recommended.

The said place is not also suitable for commercial, industrial, residential (subdivisions), and institutional developments. Evacuation centers should not be established in the zone.

The team also recommended that the landslide warning signages should be installed in this zone.

For critical facilities such as powerlines and roads maybe be allowed provided that appropriate engineering intervention measures are implemented with continuous monitoring.

Since the area is also rated with very high flood susceptibility rating, during impending flood events, all people except disaster response personnel, should not be in this zone.

The floodplains are recommended to be used as retention basins to accommodate swelling of rivers.

 For the establishments of flood mitigating structures, DENR recommended to the LGU to seek the technical expertise of the Department of Public Works and Highways.

It can be noted that early on the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has conducted the assessment in the area with the PDRRMO and the results were already submitted to proper authorities.  (JBG/DENR/PIA-Antique)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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