Stop quarrying, environmentalist groups dare Mayor Enad to prevent landslides

Stop quarrying, environmentalist groups dare Mayor Enad to prevent landslides

By Junex Doronio
November 8, 2022

MINGLANILLA, Cebu — Acknowledging the “laudable move” of Mayor Rajiv Enad in ordering the evacuation of 18 families due to possible landslides in Sitio Napo, Barangay Guindaruhan, environmentalist groups led by businessman and hard-hitting DYKC broadcaster Antero “Jun” Caña Jr. have dared the local chief executive to stop, once and for all, the quarrying activities in this first-class municipality.

Enad has ordered the preemptive evacuation of the families following reports from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB)-Central Visayas that soil movement has been noted in the area.

“We laud the move of Mayor Enad but he should dig deeper on the root cause of this environmental threat which we believe to be the quarrying activities that began during the term of his predecessor and were largely ignored by barangay officials,” Caña said.

In his Facebook post, Caña said that former Congressman Eduardo R. Gullas even reportedly complained to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on the “claimed mountain damage but his protest fell on deaf ears.”

“Brgy. Capt. Leonardo Mañacap whose administration reportedly tolerated the destruction of mountains remained mum. He reportedly claimed to own a realty business and was allowed by law to operate a mountain subdivision,” Caña further said.

Mañacap could not be reached for comment as of posting time.

Meanwhile, Myrrha Daven, head of the Minglanilla Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO), confirmed that as of Tuesday, November 8, the families that were advised to evacuate Sitio Napo have already been transferred to a safer place in this town.

She noted that the type of soil in Barangay Guindaruhan is “clay,” which easily softens and cracks especially during heavy rains. (ai/mtvn)

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