2019 03 19

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office 8 facilitated a technical conference with concerned stakeholders regarding the status of Regina Heights Subdivision after verbal report of a concerned citizen and also a letter dated January 24, 2019, from Hon. Ricardo Benitez, Barangay Captain, requesting for immediate survey and geological/geohazard assessment on the reported ground movement in Purok 7,  Regina Heights Subdivision, Barangay 91, Abucay, Tacloban City.

MGB-8 through Mr. Eduardo Tan, OIC, Geosciences Division discussed the results of the successive geohazard inspection conducted by the Office in Regina Heights on January 25, February 4-6 and 12, 2019. The stand of MGB-8 on the cease and desist order (CDO) on the operations and excavations in Regina Heights issued on February 1, 2019, was also shared.

Findings disclosed that the area inspected is situated on a moderate to a very steeply sloping terrain. The concerned area was concluded with high susceptibility to landslide due to steep slope, presence of tension cracks, old landslide scarp and landslide debris, thick soil cover and highly weathered/poor underlying rock type.

A geotechnical study was proposed to be conducted by the developers, which will be the future basis of MGB-8 with regards to its CDO. Thus, no construction/excavation activity is allowed until the full geotechnical assessment of the area is completed.

Hon. Captain Ricardo Benitez Barangay Captain of Brgy. 91 Abucay, Tacloban City together with residents were likewise advised to monitor the tension cracks noted within the area and immediately report tho MGB-8 if they observe any signs of danger or impending landslide.