Issue of July 7, 2019
     
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Site of landslide within PMA area needs urgent mitigation
NAME WITHHELD, Baguio City

Typhoon Ompong caused several landslides in Baguio and Benguet, particularly one along Loakan Road, where the side of the hill within the Philippine Military Academy reservation has eroded and closed a portion of Loakan Road that leads to Kias and Itogon, Benguet.

There was a lone casualty and it was a major setback because of the road closure, which limited disaster response at the height of the typhoon.

Unfortunately, when I drive past the site everyday, it is evident that nothing has been done on the eroded part of the hill. There are ongoing rehabilitation works on the lower part across the road but as for the main area/source of the landslide, it remains bare. Even worse is the fact that there are trees hanging by the topmost area with its roots exposed.

After almost a year, one would think that the concerned agencies have already planned mitigation measures to address this yet it seems that with the monsoon rains and typhoons expected, we are again at the mercy of mother nature hoping that the area will not erode anew.

Whether it’s the Department of Public Works and Highways, Cordillera Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, or the local government unit, we just hope that actions will be taken proactively as this area connects Baguio to other Benguet towns and is also accessed daily by students going to the PMA Elementary School.

We hope that PMA has likewise observed this and is aware of the dangers within their property.

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