By Tara Yap
ILOILO CITY – The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) is reviewing landslide-prone areas in Panay Island months before the rainy season.
“We are looking at mitigating measures, especially trying to relocate people at risk,” said OCD-6 Regional Director Jose Roberto Nuñez.
Onboard Philippine Air Force (PAF) helicopters, OCD Assistant Secretary Casiano Monilla, geologist Mae Magarzo of Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB-6), and Nuñez conducted an aerial survey of high-risk areas in Antique and Iloilo provinces.
The team particularly checked the mountain villages of Aningalan in San Remigio town, Antique and Igpajo in Tubungan town, Iloilo.
Nuñez said the government must go beyond warning people that their houses will be destroyed or they can die when a landslide occurs due to rain or earthquake.
“The government needs to give them both relocation and livelihood so they will cooperate and move out,” Nuñez told Manila Bulletin.
Meanwhile, PAF’s Tactical Operations Group (TOG-6) led by Col. Sheillah Grace Vicente dropped flyers that urged New People’s Army (NPA) rebels to surrender and join the folds of society. Leading to its 50th founding anniversary on March 29, the NPA clashed with Philippine Army soldiers several times this month in Antique and Iloilo.