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RDC backs comprehensive geo assessment for Itogon, Benguet
by PIO release

The Regional Development Council and the Regional Peace and Order Council passed a joint resolution approving the request of the Itogon municipal council for the region’s policy-making body to facilitate a thorough geological assessment for the municipality after it was ravaged by Typhoon Ompong, last September.

The Itogon municipal council earlier passed Resolution 427, s. 2018 requesting the RDC-CAR to help the municipality facilitate a geological assessment of areas declared by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau as “critical” and “no build zones.”

The Sectoral Committee on Development Administration in its Dec. 11, 2018 meeting endorsed the resolution to the RDC-CAR for appropriate action.

The joint resolution noted the Cordillera Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) also identified several evacuation centers of Itogon that are within “highly susceptible” to “hazard” area where immediate relocation was recommended.

Previously, the MGB-CAR identified six elementary schools and a national high school building that are highly susceptible to hazards as they are allegedly built on unstable grounds.

The MGB-CAR identified as unsafe, uninhabitable, and are within the no build zones are Luneta, Simot-Simot, Columbia and Forty Raise, all within Barangay Loacan; First Gate, Otek and L-070, all within Barangay Ucab; Tipong at Barangay Ampucao; and Surong 2 at Barangay Gumatdang.

The resolution stated the CDRRMC recommended for the declaration of the no-build zones, suspension of classes in schools identified as highly susceptible to hazards and relocation of evacuation centers.

Itogon views the CDRRMC recommendations as tantamount to declaring the whole municipality as a no-build zone due to its high susceptibility to hazards and making it difficult for the municipal government to extend basic services to its people and facilitate the repair of infrastructures destroyed by the typhoon.

The RDC-CAR and RPOC-CAR created a technical working group with representatives from the regional offices of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Public Works and Highways, MGB-CAR, Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board, Office of the Civil Defense, National Economic Development Authority, Itogon Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, Itogon municipal council committee on environment, RDC committee on environment and watershed, academe, and other stakeholders as members.


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