Detailed rain induced landslide and flood hazard map of the proposed site
Aerial view of Proposed Site for the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pagasa Program at Barangay Villa Corazon, Burauen, Leyte.
The proposed site for the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pagasa Program (BP2) at Barangay Villa Corazon in Burauen, Leyte was classified as low to moderate landslide susceptible per joint site inspection conducted by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau RO VIII, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Regional Office VIII (DENR-ROVIII), Provincial Environment and Natural Resources – Leyte (PENRO-Leyte) and Community Environment and Natural Resources – Palo (CENRO-Palo) on May 28, 2020.
The proposed site having a land area of 266.53 hectares can be accessed through its farm-to-market road 14.2 kilometers west of the town proper, which takes roughly around 23 minutes through the use of any two-wheel drive vehicle.
Field assessment also revealed that there was no recorded flooding and history of landslide within the proposed area.
Field findings on such areas with low landslide susceptibility however, recommended that specifications in the National Building Code and Structural Code of the Philippines must be strictly followed and modified, if necessary, based on recent events such as Supertyphoon Yolanda and occurrences of earthquakes in the Visayas area.
Also, the Joint DENR-DILG-DND-DPWH-DOST Memorandum Circular No. 2014-01 also requires that areas classified as having low susceptibility to landslides may allow dwelling and development provided that continuous monitoring of the slope (upslope and on site) is conducted. Likewise, areas classified as having moderate susceptibility to landslides may be allowed provided that appropriate engineering intervention measures are made with continuous monitoring.
On May 6, 2020, Executive Order No. 114 entitled “Institutionalizing the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pagasa (BP2) Program as a Pillar of Balanced Regional Development, Creating a Council Therefor, and for Other Purposes” was issued by the President, through Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea. With the policy of balanced regional development and equitable distribution of wealth, resources and opportunities, the order was issued to reverse migration to the National Capital Region and other congested metropolises through the promotion of countryside development and inclusive growth. As part of the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pagasa Council, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) was tasked to identify proposed sites suitable for the program. The Mines and Geosciences Bureau, for its part, was tasked to ascertain that the site is habitable and not vulnerable to geohazards such as flood and landslide.